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Thursday, June 15, 2006


 

Phrase of the Day


I just happened to turn on the TV a while back and catch a couple minutes of the "debate" going on in Congress about the Iraq War resolution, the one which boldly "declares that the United States will prevail in the Global War on Terror, the noble struggle to protect freedom from the terrorist adversary" (in fairness, it does have clauses that have actual meaning, like declaring "that it is not in the national security interest of the United States to set an arbitrary date for the withdrawal or redeployment of United States Armed Forces from Iraq" and "that the United States is committed to the completion of the mission to create a sovereign, free, secure, and united Iraq").

Anyway, during the minute or two I was watching, some Republican Congressperson was solemnly talking about how "we" (that wouldn't include you or I, of course) had promised Karzai and Maliki that "we" (and now that probably would include you and I, if you're American, and are either a member or potential member of the Armed Forces or just a taxpayer paying for the whole thing, or even a non-taxpayer suffering from the cutbacks in social services the war has caused) would be "with them until the bitter end."

Somehow I don't think people refer to September 2, 1945 as the "bitter end" of World War II (perhaps the Japanese do, but definitely not Americans). It wouldn't surprise me, though, if people refer to the evacuation from the rooftop of the American Embassy in Saigon as the "bitter end" of the Vietnam War.

Yup, if the Administration and Congress have their way we'll be with Karzai and Maliki until the "bitter end," all right. The only question is, whose bitter end?


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