Tuesday, October 24, 2006


Why Rearranging the Rhetorical Deck Chairs Won't Work

"Studying in constant motion" (or whatever the Busheviks are going to call it now) instead of "staying the course" won't convince us that the Busheviks recognize what's going in Iraq, much less that they are willing to do anything sensible about it. We say it's spinach, and we say the hell with it.

Sixty percent of U.S. citizens say they believe neither the United States nor insurgents are winning the war in Iraq, a CNN poll published Tuesday said. The poll also found the number of people who say they believe the U.S.-led coalition is winning has fallen by half since December to 20 percent, while 18 percent said they believe the insurgents are winning. In all, 64 percent of 1,013 adults polled by telephone by Opinion Research Corp., in the past three days said they oppose the war in Iraq. While the Bush administration has refused to set a withdrawal schedule from Iraq, 57 percent of respondents said the United States should.
A change in rhetoric isn't going to change the perceptions of enough people to shift the balance from opposition to support.
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