Now for the latest addition to the Ministry of Truth’s dictionary of Newspeak, offered on camera by the Bullshitter-in-Chief: “We’ve never been stay the course. …”
For the record, note the difference between a skeptical story of the uncourse told with a smile, “Bush’s New Tack Steers Clear of ‘Stay the Course,'” and a credulous story told with a straight face, “Bush Abandons Phrase ‘Stay the Course’ on Iraq.”
The first, from the Washington Post, begins:
President Bush and his aides are annoyed that people keep misinterpreting his Iraq policy as “stay the course.” A complete distortion, they say. “That is not a stay-the-course policy,” White House press secretary Tony Snow declared yesterday.
Where would anyone have gotten that idea? Well, maybe from Bush.
“We will stay the course. We will help this young Iraqi democracy succeed,” he said in Salt Lake City in August.
“We will win in Iraq so long as we stay the course,” he said in Milwaukee in July.
“I saw people wondering whether the United States would have the nerve to stay the course and help them succeed,” he said after returning from Baghdad in June.
The second, from The New York Times, begins:
The White House said Monday that President Bush was no longer using the phrase “stay the course” when speaking about the Iraq war, in a new effort to emphasize flexibility in the face of some of the bloodiest violence there since the 2003 invasion.
“He stopped using it,” said Tony Snow, the White House press secretary. “It left the wrong impression about what was going on and it allowed critics to say, ‘Well, here’s an administration that’s just embarked upon a policy and not looking at what the situation is,’ when, in fact, it is the opposite.”
Mr. Bush used the slogan in a stump speech on Aug. 31, but has not repeated it for some time. Still, Mr. Snow’s pronouncement was a stark example of the complicated line the White House is walking this election year in trying to tag Democrats as wanting to “cut and run” from Iraq, without itself appearing wedded to unsuccessful tactics there.
Postscript: Kevin Tillman, pictured with his brother Pat, has much to say about the “illegal invasion” of Iraq and the Orwellian nature of the bullshitter’s regime, including this:
Somehow subversion of the Bill of Rights and The Constitution is tolerated.
Somehow suspension of Habeas Corpus is supposed to keep this country safe.
Somehow torture is tolerated.
Somehow lying is tolerated.
Somehow reason is being discarded for faith, dogma, and nonsense.
Somehow American leadership managed to create a more dangerous world.
Somehow a narrative is more important than reality.
Kevin Tillman joined the Army with Pat in 2002 and served with him in Iraq and Afghanistan. In Afghanistan Pat was killed by friendly fire. The Pentagon lied about the circumstances of his death, claiming he was killed by the Taliban, to exploit him as a hero and prop up the image of the Army.