Saturday, October 28, 2006

Letterman breaks a Republican talking point

Don't you love the way all the conservatives now, O'Reilly on Letterman, Lynne Cheney on Blitzer's show, keep asking "Do you want the United States to win in Iraq?"

Letterman's response, while comic, was right on. "It's not easy for me cause I''m thoughtful."

What exactly does winning mean? Implicit in their talking point question is the notion that there's some easily definable concept of "winning" that everyone should rally around. The United States has to "win" and everyone should support that. If you disagree with the question, then you don't want the United States to win, and that's the box they're trying to put you in, you're unpatriotic. If you even hestitate at a response, you're somehow not supporting the United States, the troops, etc. Unless you support the Bush administration's Iraq policy, for all its failures, you're undermining the effort to "win." Questioning it means you don't want the U.S. to win. What a load of hooey.

The notion that there's some easily discernible "win" to be obtained is ridiculous. When these clowns ask this question, it should be immediately turned back on them. What does winning mean? Is it possible to "win" anything in Iraq now?

It's the same game they played in previous elections. Hopefully, there are enough people who are tired of this political bullying and will vote accordingly.