Saturday, October 07, 2006

'Cut and Run' Cuts Both Ways

A great piece on the GOP's constant accusations against "cut and run" Democrats. It outlines the danger in Iraqi insurgents interpreting US withdrawal as weakness, and how the "cut and run" rhetoric is one of the reasons they will have that interpretation:
Having used the term so recklessly to define all gradations of withdrawal, Bush invites opponents to use it just as recklessly to define his decision to start bringing troops home. Insurgents would find comfort in that debate and think they'd won. Jihadists will find any pretext and think they've prevailed even in the moment of their incineration, but the president and others dishing out the accusations of "cut and run" shouldn't be helping them.

Slate: Cut and Run Boomerang

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