Let’s Not Call It Cut and Run…

…let’s call it Trim and Saunter:

The bipartisan Iraq Study Group reached a consensus on Wednesday on a final report that will call for a gradual pullback of the 15 American combat brigades now in Iraq but stop short of setting a firm timetable for their withdrawal, according to people familiar with the panel’s deliberations.

The report, unanimously approved by the 10-member panel, led by James A. Baker III and Lee H. Hamilton, is to be delivered to President Bush next week.

…Mr. Bush has rejected … withdrawal, declaring in Riga, Latvia, on Tuesday that while he will show flexibility, “there’s one thing I’m not going to do: I’m not going to pull the troops off the battlefield before the mission is complete.”

Commission members have said in recent days that they had to navigate around such declarations, or, as one said, “We had to move the national debate from whether to stay the course to how do we start down the path out.”
You know, I think the jig is up. Most of America knows that Bush is an asshole and a moron and a failure, so there’s really no point in protracting our occupation of Iraq to accommodate a pointless tap-dance around the semantics of what we should call tendering our surrender to the unstoppable forces of civil war we’ve unleashed there. It doesn’t matter if you call it Gradual Pullback, Cut and Run, or Presto Chango Redeployo—Bush will still be the asshole and the moron and the failure who got us into this mess on a pack of lies and has been chanting “Stay the Course” ever since. All the shuffle-ball-changes in the world cannot salvage the tatters of his ruinous legacy, so let's just cut the bullshit and get a move on, all right?

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