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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 05:59 PM
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Bush buries 'stay the course' slogan for Iraq

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20061023/pl_afp/usiraqpolit...

Bush buries 'stay the course' slogan for Iraq

51 minutes ago

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US
President George W. Bush has retired his "stay the course" slogan for
Iraq, worried about its use as a weapon against his Republican Party in November elections, the White House said.


"He's stopped using it," said spokesman Tony Snow. "It allowed critics to say, well, here's an administration that's just embarked upon a policy and not looking at what the situation is, when, in fact, it's just the opposite."

Opposition Democrats, hoping the unpopular conflict will help them take control of the US Congress in the November 7 legislative elections, have used the refrain in political advertisements accusing Republicans of sticking by a failed policy for waging the war.

Bush appears to have last used the expression on August 30, when he vowed: "We will stay the course, we will help this young Iraqi democracy succeed, and victory in Iraq will be a major ideological triumph" in the war on terrorism.

"The president is determined not to leave Iraq short of victory. But he also understands that it's important to capture the dynamism of the efforts that have been ongoing to try to make Iraq more secure," said Snow.

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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 06:01 PM
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1. te he. He thinks it will be so easy to buy it.
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Kikosexy2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 06:02 PM
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2. Counterattack...
with all those "stay the course" clips from Chimpie...do it endlessly...so people never forget...
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dicknbush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 07:29 PM
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14. Exactly......Do it for no other reason then to prove what a bald faced liar..
El Shrimpo is. If you start playing that clip over and over of Bush lying to Stephanopolis that they never said stay the course and then show him saying it over and over and over and over again that will sink into the psyche and people will finanlly realize that this guy is a congenital liar and I think a sociopath who doesn't know how to tell the truth. I think in fact Bush who has never succeced at anything in his life has always had an incredible fear of actually having to accomplish something and now that he has to put up or shut up he really can't. he is in fact ...THE WORST PRESIDENT EVER!

My Bumber sticker of the day;

HELP CLEAN UP ANOTHER GEORGIE BUSH MESS.....VOTE DEMOCRATIC!

That ad would look something like this:

Open up with a still of a young Gerogie with a voice over....

"He avoided service in Vietnam by joining the Texas Air National Guard...He left before he finished his commitment"!

Next another still of Georgie a bit older now....

"He attempted to run oil companies in Texas where finding oil was as easy as scratching the surface. His Fathers friends bailed him out.

Next old Gerogie with the baseball cap....

"He finaly made some money at the Baseball game.......After he got the Taxpayers to pay for a new Stadium.

( I am sure there are more tidbits about Georgies "Business" acumen and you could expand on that as it fits)

The final shot is of present day Georgie....

" Now Bush has taken us into another "Business' the war business and just as he has failed in the past he is now leading a failing plan in Iraq. We need a change we need ideas we need courage we ned a Democratic Congress. Stop the Bush fiasco let the Adults take over and send Georgie out to open new Malls. Make Bush the lamest Duck you have ever seen! VOTE DEMOCRATIC!

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bluerum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 06:03 PM
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3. Ha ha. Nice try Snowjob. Over three years of stay the course has
gotten us exactly where? To a realization that should have been acknowledged pre-invasion?

Sorry slimeball. The adminsitsration has tagged itself with stay the course for over three years. Trying to wash it off now because it smells ain't gonna fly.
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Baselinereality Donating Member (213 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 06:03 PM
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4. It's Interesting That It's An AFP Byline...
Why is it the French that are telling us that our president has stopped using a phrase, as if to suggest that the words that come out of his mouth are nothing more than marketing slogans?

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central scrutinizer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 06:03 PM
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5. But, I thought he didn't listen to polls
Bushco was such a firm leader that never flip-flopped. Oh, I'm so disillusioned.
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Canuckistanian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 06:08 PM
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6. So, things will start to change in Iraq now....
Edited on Mon Oct-23-06 06:08 PM by Canuckistanian
......... still waiting.........Any time now........
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PurityOfEssence Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 06:12 PM
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7. Flay the horse
Poor thing's dead
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Demit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 06:29 PM
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8. He's also dropped the reference to Iraq as a democracy.
Hope somebody in the press finds that of passing interest.
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justgamma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 06:30 PM
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9. Maybe we've
"turned the corner" again. :rofl: :rofl:
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Straight Shooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 07:04 PM
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10. Counter-attack: bush is not a man of his word. n/t
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truthisfreedom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 07:10 PM
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11. flip-flopping bushie-wooshie.
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badgerpup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 07:14 PM
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12. I'm sure that the almost 2,800 soldiers killed will be relieved to know...
..."Stay the course" was never the plan.

I wonder where we all got the idea that it was?
(do I really need to use the sarcasm tag here?)
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Ilsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 07:16 PM
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13. KO just showed four clips of Dumbya saying it in 2006 alone.
I think they were speeches in March, June, July, Sept. Did I miss one or more?
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 07:44 PM
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18. I love you, Keith. I love you soooooooo much.
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Qutzupalotl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 07:30 PM
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15. You're welcome.
Edited on Mon Oct-23-06 08:00 PM by Qutzupalotl
It's good to know the White House reads DU:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Stay the course = doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result
= the definition of insanity!

:hi:
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David Zephyr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 07:39 PM
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16. No Tony Snowjob: It "allowed" suggesting a "change' was unpatriotic!
Fucking assholes!
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 07:42 PM
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17. A little child believes that if he leaves a room, it ceases to exist.
George believes that if he doesn't say it, he never said it?

Good luck with that, George.
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mahatmakanejeeves Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 07:48 PM
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19. Never introduce a new product in August.
.
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Warren Stupidity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 07:56 PM
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20. "He's stopped using it,"?
When did he stop using it Tony and why did he lie and say he never used it? Why does your entire administration lie all the time?
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crim son Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 08:08 PM
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21. Like "Mission Accomplished" he may try to bury it
but it will be resurrected by those of us who have decried his fiasco of a foreign policy since the day he took office. Is there anything this man says or does that doesn't highlight his idiocy?
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VegasWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 08:09 PM
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22. Gone like "Bring 'em on!" Worthless fuck of a human being. nt
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Olney Blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 08:14 PM
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23. "dynamism of the efforts"... what bullshit
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 10:14 PM
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24. NYT: Bush, Facing Dissent, Jettisons 'Stay The Course'
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/24/world/middleeast/24po...

Bush, Facing Iraq Dissent, Jettisons Stay the Course
By JIM RUTENBERG and DAVID S. CLOUD
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 The White House said Monday that President Bush was no longer using the phrase stay the course when speaking about the Iraq war, in a new effort to emphasize flexibility in the face of some of the bloodiest violence there since the 2003 invasion.

He stopped using it, said Tony Snow, the White House press secretary. It left the wrong impression about what was going on and it allowed critics to say, Well, heres an administration thats just embarked upon a policy and not looking at what the situation is, when, in fact, it is the opposite.

Mr. Bush used the slogan in a stump speech on Aug. 31, but has not repeated it for some time. Still, Mr. Snows pronouncement was a stark example of the complicated line the White House is walking this election year in trying to tag Democrats as wanting to cut and run from Iraq, without itself appearing wedded to unsuccessful tactics there.

Democrats have increasingly pressed a case this fall contending that Republicans are stubbornly proposing to stay the course in a failing effort to stanch violence in Iraq an approach that strategists in both parties consider to have been fairly successful, especially as violence has continued to mount in Baghdad.

In the last few weeks a number of Republican lawmakers and party elders have also come forward to express doubts about whether the administrations approach to stabilizing Iraq is succeeding and to suggest new strategies.

Mr. Bush and his aides have met those complaints with a renewed emphasis on adaptability for the United States war plan. Mr. Bush has stressed as he did in an interview with ABC News on Sunday that he is not patient forever and expects the Iraqis to take more responsibility in securing their own country.

MORE

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Tellurian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 10:14 PM
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25. STAY THE COURSE is code to the Republican electorate
that he is guaranteeing continued CONTROL of CONGRESS..

IOW- "no worries, mates." I've got it covered!

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BushOut06 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 10:14 PM
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26. LOL - take more responsibility for their own country!
"Hehe, sorry I royally fucked up your country, and invited terrorists from all over the entire world to set up camp! You guys can fix it, can't you?"
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The Count Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 10:14 PM
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27. Since Aug 31? Okey Dokey then. A month and a half should do it.
Nice of NYT to try and vindicate the pathetic liars.
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Unvanguard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 10:19 PM
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28. ...now that we're in free-fall.
A bit late for that.
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Plaid Adder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-24-06 07:17 AM
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29. self-delete
Edited on Tue Oct-24-06 07:25 AM by Plaid Adder
Whoops, wrong thread. Dunno how that happened.

The Plaid Adder
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civildisoBDence Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-24-06 11:51 AM
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30. Maybe when 1,000,000 have died, DUHbya will be satisfied.
He does have a (mental) Napoleon complex, after all.

Newsprism
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ClickClack Donating Member (45 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-24-06 03:30 PM
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31. Yes, but only after hiding the arrival of its flag-draped coffin. [n/t]
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young_at_heart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-24-06 03:38 PM
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32. "Short of victory"....has he said what he means by victory?
In my 67 years I have never felt so confused by any president. The level of frustration for all of America is unbelievably high!
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TroglodyteScholar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-24-06 03:56 PM
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33. How will America respond to the new "Cut & Run" policy?
I mean, that IS the only alternative to "Stay the course," right?

...

...

Right?
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ladywnch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-24-06 04:17 PM
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34. so does this make him a flip flopper? eom
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ktowntennesseedem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-24-06 04:54 PM
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35. What we need is "change the course." All we get is "change the slogan."
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humbled_opinion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-24-06 04:58 PM
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36. Who won the bet?
Wasn't there a bet that this would be done pre-election to try and save some pubbie races?
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RobertSeattle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-24-06 05:04 PM
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37. Patrick Henry Bush: I never said "Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death"
:evilgrin:
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meowomon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-24-06 10:08 PM
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38. He's a Psychopath
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livingonearth Donating Member (451 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-25-06 12:58 AM
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40. Wow, they really look alike!
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livingonearth Donating Member (451 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-25-06 12:56 AM
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39. Bush actually said "we've never been stay the course",
as in never happened.

I heard that by not saying "stay the course" anymore, it will allow us to better adapt and quickly change strategies when dealing with an ever changing enemy in Iraq. I'm convinced. Aren't you? :rofl:
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GusConsultore Donating Member (16 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-25-06 01:16 AM
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41. bush's "we were never 'stay the course'"
Bush's denying "stay the course" is like "Samantha and Endora's magic" trying to erase the past. Very funny. also links going back to 2003 right after the Iraq invasion up through a couple of weeks ago showing the 'stay the course' mantra over the years

http://www.miserywatch.com/2006/10/like_magic.html
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