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    Let’s Spin It as a Win-Win

    bushvictory.jpgQuote:  "On the current course we will have two options.  We can lose in Iraq and destroy our army, or we can just lose."  Anonymous Marine lieutenant colonel quoted by James Fallows in the Atlantic Monthly.

    Figure of Speechdilemma, the damned-if-you-do-or-don't figure.

    We take many figures for granted, including the dilemma (Greek for "double proposition").  Offering an opponent two unsavory choices, it's one of the toughest figures to rebut.

    In this case, though, the officer is less pessimistic than he sounds.  To get out of the dilemma, he says, change the course.  Ramp up the training of Iraq's army.  Of course, that means the administration will have to devote more time to hard work and less time to slogans.

    Snappy Answer:  "Which option will bring us victory?"

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    Reader Comments (2)

    'eather or either'

    alas ...
    war brings no 'victory'
    to the 'peoples' of a nation
    all war brings isa fatter bank balance
    to a 'select few' who orchestrate & manipulate the werld ecomony for they're own end by use of evil, corrupt, capitalist, consumer greed ... HISSSSSS !!!

    gosh, did i say all that ?
    *sigh* i must be
    having a bad
    day :|


    July 10, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterashling
    and i wouldnt be offended if you deleted that *shrugs*
    July 10, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterashling

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