You Can’t Figure Out the Way Forward until You Read the Triptik

To even attempt to understand the political brouhaha over the Iraq War, you need to understand the meaning of the following essential spinspeak soundbites:

The way forward = one way or another we are going forward just as today usually follows tomorrow: the phrase reassures, but really says nothing until you look at the Triptik to be used. (The sitting Republican President’s Triptik calls for sending in another 20,000 plus troops who may get us forward; the some dozen wannabe sitting Democratic Presidents’ Triptiks all say the way forward involves only reverse gear [see redeployment below]. No other Triptiks are on the table.)

surge = Pentagonspeak for more troops but not for long maybe.

escalation = scarespeak for here comes the Big One.

most Americans, many Republicans = political hypertalk for at least a majority of one.

redeployment = peaceniktalk for retreat “over the horizon” to Okinawa, maybe some advance readiness base near Chicago or Louisville.

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