What 3 Letter Word Did the President Not Use?


Brushing my teeth, heading to bed, I realized something. The President never used the word “win” when talking about Iraq.

Twice he said victory. “Let us find our resolve, and turn events toward victory” preceded “We’ll show our enemies abroad that we are united in the goal of victory.” But, the President never said we would “win” in Iraq. Victory, frankly, is a nebulous noun. In fact, many of the President’s supporters would argue that he has yet to really even clearly define what a victory will be.

“Win” on the other hand is an active American verb. We are winners. We win. But in this whole long speech of his, the President never said we would win in Iraq. Only once did he even use the word. He said, “Yet one question has surely been settled: that to win the war on terror we must take the fight to the enemy.” Everyone stood up and applauded for that, which was difficult for the Democrats because they had their fingers crossed. That statement, however, came nine paragraphs before directly engaging on the subject of Iraq.

Sure, we can tell ourselves that the President talked about the goal of victory, whatever that is. But he needs to start talking about winning not just staying the course and the nebulous “goal of victory.”

Americans don’t mesh well with victors. Americans like winners. Victors are European. Americans are winners. We win wars. We kill the enemy (though the President only used the word “kill” when talking about what the enemy wants to do to us). All in all it was a curious omission.

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  • With the thousands of icubater schools of Islam around the world, the President knows that “winning” will never be the same as in WWII, etc. “Victory” perhaps will be simply to stay the course. Guerilla warfare can go on for a very long time, especially since brain washing of the young men who will be involved will go on. Our troops in Iraq and in Afhganistan being kind to the local youth and those who went to Indonesia and the other countries affected by the sunami to help Muslim and Christian alike and our prayers for changed hearts and minds are the best hope for “winning” or “victory”, but “winning” and/or “victory” will not happen until well after President Bush is out of office, especially with the Congress we have at this time, but for the will of the Almighty. The Congress numbers could still change. Who is healthy within that number, and who is not? God is in control of all lives and situations. “In God we trust” is still the best way to go.

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