Right-wing media slam Obama for not saying “victory” -- nevermind that Bush never achieved it

Get ready for this talking point tomorrow to be repeated ad nauseam Wednesday: Obama never mentioned the word “victory” in his speech on Afghanistan.

Here's Red State's Erick Erickson: “In 4608 words, he did not once mention the word ” victory" and the closest he came to using the word “win” was those three letters appearing in the word 'withdrawing.' "

And the Fox Nation loudly proclaimed: “Major Wartime Speech But Obama Doesn't Say 'Victory' or 'Win'?”

Apparently, Obama wasn't clear enough in the very beginning of his speech:

“To the United States Corps of Cadets, to the men and women of our armed services, and to my fellow Americans: I want to speak to you tonight about our effort in Afghanistan - the nature of our commitment there, the scope of our interests, and the strategy that my Administration will pursue to bring this war to a successful conclusion.”

Given the right-wing's insistence that Obama mention “victory,” George Bush must have used the word in his speeches more times than Johnny Drama, right?


In announcing the attacks on the Afghanistan on October 7, 2001, Bush never mentioned victory. Not once.

Nor in his January 28, 2002 statement with Hamid Karzai on a “new partnership” between the two countries.

Bush's second inaugural speech - nada.

Bush's September 24, 2008 speech to UN general assembly - nope.

Bush's farewell address - nope.

Bush did use the word once in his Sept 7, 2003 speech on Iraq. And once in his 2002 and 2003 State of the Union speeches.

In his 2006 State of the Union speech, Bush did use the word or its variants a whopping six times. Just not about Afghanistan - only to Iraq. In fact, he devoted only two sentences to the war in Afghanistan while devoting significantly more to the one in Iraq.

But then, I guess that's kind of illustrative of why we're in this mess in the first place.

And why words like “victory” are meaningless if you do nothing for seven years to actually accomplish victory. (Hell, even Sarah Palin didn't fall for this foolishness, titling her latest Facebook post: “Finally, a Decision for Afghanistan: We're In It to Win It.)

Or if you fail to send adequate troops to Tora Bora to finish off Osama Bin Laden. Wonder how many times “Tora Bora” will be mentioned in the media tomorrow?