Thursday, September 22, 2005

"Bad analogy" is an understatement

Apparently this AP reporter had nothing else to write about; he had to reach back to early August for source material. This article "Bush's Words on Iraq Echo LBJ in 1967" tries to make a comparison between these two statements:

"America is committed to the defense of South Vietnam until an honorable peace can be negotiated...We shall stay the course." - Lyndon Johnson, March 15, 1967

"We will stay the course, we will complete the job in Iraq. And the job is this: We'll help the Iraqis develop a democracy." - George W. Bush, August 3, 2005

There's one phrase common to both, but the rest of the statements, and indeed their very tone, are completely different. Johnson wanted to "negotiate" an "honorable peace." Bush said that "we will complete the job in Iraq," which is a far cry from negotiation.

In Afghanistan and Iraq, there never was and never will be a peace to negotiate. The only peace we should accept comes through total, unconditional victory.

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