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December 10, 2005

Dean: Did I Say The War Was Unwinnable? That's Just Crazy-Talk, That's What That Is

Howard Dean, the Sage of Montpelier, now reverses himself and decides heck, maybe this war is winnable after all.

We just need a "new plan." That's all we need. That's what he meant to say when he deemed it a crazy notion that the war was winnable -- just that we needed a "new plan" and everything would then go just swimmingly.

And what is that plan? Not really any specifics, except for immediately extracting 70,000 troops from Iraq. The key to his plan, you see, is "honesty:"

"A smarter, more honest strategy that respects our troops and our military leaders is possible. And I believe our course is far more likely to defeat terror than the Bush administration's failed policy in Iraq."


Dean compared the war to Vietnam and repeatedly accused President Bush of lying to the nation and to troops.

"Tell the American people the truth," Dean said. "Policies which are built on truth, on honest dealings with our soldiers, our citizens and our allies are much more likely to succeed than policies built on the quicksand of deceiving the American people. Our troops deserve better."

Apparently Bush's lies to the American people reduce battlefield effectiveness in Iraq.

At the risk of stating the freaking obvious, this is not a military plan for victory, but a political posture designed only to defeat the true enemy-- the Republicans.

You will not be surprised to learn his remarks were "taken out of context."

His remarks came as Republicans continued to criticize Dean for a statement made Monday that the United States can't win the war. Dean on Thursday said the remarks were taken out of context and that he meant the war was not winnable under the current strategy.

Of course, of course. "This war is not winnable" meant, of course, only that "this war is not winnable with the current strategy." He didn't actually say that, of course, but the Double-Secret Implied Caveats should have made that quite clear to any fair-minded reader.

His remarks were well-received by Democrats of all levels of diagnosable lunacy:

"If you go in and attack like a bully, you won't win," Valerie Guenther of Charlotte County said before Dean spoke.

Ah. The "plan" consists of two parts: Stage One, "tell the truth," and Stage Two, "don't be a bully."

Stage Three? "Always bring enough cup-cakes to share with the Sunni insurgents."

Everything the liberals ever needed to know about national security they learned in kindergarten.

Video Update: See the Sage of Montpelier detail his "Always Tell the Truth" Warfighting Doctrine. And then his "I Brake For Animals" Combined Air-Sea-Land Dominance Strategy.

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