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Newest GOP word games: "surrender" and "retreat"

Bob Geiger: When "cut and run" is played out...
Well, we've been through a few months of "emboldening the enemy" and I strongly suspect that the words "surrender" and "retreat" will be the next GOP talking points for the American people when it comes to the future of our presence in Iraq.

Senate Republicans know they're behind the eight ball and that the vast majority of Americans want us out of Iraq and our troops back home, so they need to constantly retool their manipulative language to find a way to get under everyone's skin and make them support the failed Republican agenda in Iraq.

The GOP is also smart enough to know that we're generally a tough, stubborn people but that a certain percentage of our population watches Fox News and, well, aren’t the sharpest knives in the drawer… So throwing out words like "surrender" and "retreat" to describe the Democratic plan to end the Iraq quagmire seems to fit their game plan for sowing fear and doubt.

"The American people await this vote. The Iraqi people await this vote. Al Qaeda awaits this vote," said Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) while arguing earlier this week for the amendment to strip withdrawal language from the $122 billion Iraq supplemental bill. "I believe that instead of giving the terrorists a reason to be hopeful and sending mixed signals to our forces in the field, we should be talking about the possibility of a federal Iraq. We need to stop talking about how to retreat and start talking about winning in Iraq."
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