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Tony Snow characterizes "Stay the course" as "dynamic and aggressive approach"

Reported by Chrish - October 24, 2006 -

(Amended 10/25/06 2 a.m.; see below)
Tony Snow visited with homey John Gibson today 10/24/06 on The Big Story to spin the White House's decision to abandon the "stay the course" "strategy" and motto as the mid-term elections loom and American sentiment grows increasingly against the war in Iraq. Defending the Bush administration from charges of lying in denying the use of the phrase, Snow said researchers came up with "only" eight uses of the phrase and charges Democrats with repeating it hundreds of times "to try to characterize our policy." It's sort of like Republicans (and FOX talking heads) repeating the "cut and run" mantra attributed to Democrats, with the subtle but crucial difference that there is no record of ANY Democrat ever saying that.

The timetable for withdrawal that they have been demanding for a year or more now was dubbed "cut and run" by the propaganda branch of the Bush administration; now that Bush himself is allegedly working in that direction it is euphemistically called "adapting to win." Snow welcomes the opportunity the debate offers to pull back the curtain and show everyone how engaged we really are in Iraq, and how much progress is being made.

As Snow spoke, the banner below read

"Bush administration drops 'stay the course' on Iraq phrase"
with a "You Decide 2006" graphic right next to it. The ever-present waving flag in the top left corner, Snow in a small box to the left, and a walking waving Bush in a larger box on (where else) the far right made a succint picture worth a thousand words. They may drop the phrase in a cynical word game but all this pre-election talk of bringing soldiers home in 12-18 months is belied by a report from Army chief of staff, Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker that says the Army is planning to maintain the current level of troops will remain in Iraq until 2010 at a cost of hundreds of billions of dollars.

Snow gave a Happy Iraq speech, saying that enormous areas of Iraq are democratic, with freedom of press, satellite dishes, cell phones, newspapers, TV, the whole bit. Additionally, they're pumpng more oil than ever before, and they have the prospect of not just democracy but an extremely affluent society; the "Hydro-carbon law" set to pass next month will allow everyone to share in the proceeds from natural gas and oil.

Gibson listed standard talking points about what will happen if Democrats win and asked Snow, who was probably instrumental in writing them, if he agreed. (Tax cut "rollbacks", immediate redployment of troops from Iraq, investigation of Bush administration, and end to Social Security reform. I know, what SS reform?)

Snow refused to play the game, saying he has another - he wants to see all the editorial meetings November 8th when everyone who has predicted Democrat wins turns out to be wrong. Saying that, he couldn't resist noting that Charlie Rangel would be head of the Ways and Means Committee, would rescind the Bush tax cuts. Boo! That's a federally mandated paycut for all you commoners watching.

He proceeded to say that we've been through a recession, 9/11, a corporate scandal, two wars, Katrina, and Americans, by working hard and also getting tax cuts, have managed to make their way out of it. Now when the middle class is beginning to feel it, with more money in their bank accounts and just feeling prosperous, Democrats want to come snatch it away. One more thing, since Gibson brought up Social Security (I guess Snow is playing after all) - in the next two years Bush will take on "entitlements" because he's bold and willing to take the hits (and a lame duck), not just looking at the past.

As noted in an earlier post, where Bill O'Reilly and Newt Gingrich went over the same territory (fair and balanced, hahahahahaha) "US personal savings have been negative for five quarters and continues to fall, and massive (pension) defaults have increased anxiety among workers and the burden on the government to secure them."

Snow asserts confidence that Republicans will win all the key races and maintain their hold on both houses of Congress because they have better arguments and candidates, and they have a message and all Democrats have are lists of complaints, and people going to the polls will ask themselves 'who's really thinking about how America should look tomorrow?"

So this "news item" was nothing more than a seven-plus-minute campaign commercial for the ruling party, courtesy of FOX. Where's the FEC???

(This just had to be added. Thanks to poster TruthWatch for looking it up so I don't have to.)

These are all direct quotes by the President, all using the phrase "stay the course", straight from the WhiteHouse.gov search engine. There are more...

July 10, 2003- "And it's very important for us to stay the course, and we will stay the course."

October 27, 2003- "And we will stay the course in order to achieve this objective."

November 27, 2003- "I was able to assure them that we were going to stay the course and get the job done..." AND "I went over there to thank them -- and not only thank them, but to remind them our country stands with them, and that we will stay the course until the job is done." AND "They just said, Mr. President, we'll stay the -- you stay the course, we'll succeed. And my message was, I know you'll succeed, and I'm here to tell you we're going to stay the course. "

December 15, 2003- "We will stay the course until the job is done, Steve." AND "And the citizens of Iraq need to know we will stay the course."

April 5, 2004- "You know, I told the family how much we appreciated his sacrifice -- he was killed in Iraq -- and assured him that we would stay the course..." AND "And we've got to stay the course, and we will stay the course." AND "If they think that we're not sincere about staying the course..." AND "I told the -- I told the dad, and the mom, and the wife that we'd stay the course."

April 6, 2004- "We will stay the course. The Iraqi people don't have to fear taking the risk toward freedom and democracy because America won't turn and run. "


"We will stay the course in Iraq."

April 13, 2004- "And, yet, we must stay the course, because the end result is in our nation's interest."


"And my message today to those in Iraq is: We'll stay the course; we'll complete the job. My message to our troops is: We will stay the course and complete the job and you'll have what you need."

April 15, 2004- "And we will stay the course in Iraq so that his son did not die in vain."

April 20, 2004- "And we'll stay the course. "

June 1, 2004- "And women now all of a sudden no longer fear the future but believe that we're there to stay the course and we will help a free society emerge."

August 13, 2004- "We must stay the course until the job is done."

September 13, 2004- "We will stay the course so that they can develop an army and police force of their own so they can defend themselves. "

September 23, 2004- "It's hard work in Iraq. Everybody knows that. We see it on our TV. My message is that -- is that we will stay the course and stand with these people so that they become free."

August 24, 2005- "We will stay the course, we will complete the job in Iraq."

November 30, 2005- "Some critics continue to assert that we have no plan in Iraq except to, "stay the course." If by "stay the course," they mean we will not allow the terrorists to break our will, they are right. If by "stay the course," they mean we will not permit al Qaeda to turn Iraq into what Afghanistan was under the Taliban -- a safe haven for terrorism and a launching pad for attacks on America -- they are right, as well. If by "stay the course" they mean that we're not learning from our experiences, or adjusting our tactics to meet the challenges on the ground, then they're flat wrong."

March 24, 2006- "If we don't lose our nerve, if we stay the course, someday down the road, an American President will be working with democratically-elected leaders in the broader Middle East at the table to keep the peace."

June 18, 2006- "And I saw people wondering whether the United States would have the nerve to stay the course and help them succeed."

July 11, 2006- "We're not going to lose in Iraq. As a matter of fact, we will win in Iraq so long as we stay the course. Twelve million people have voted. They've now got a unity government. I went over there and saw the man. Prime Minister Maliki."

August 30, 2006- "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 struggle of the 21st century."

October 11, 2006- "And I think the characterization of "let's stay the course" is about a quarter right. Stay the course means keep doing what you're doing. My attitude is, don't do what you're doing if it's not working; change. Stay the course also means don't leave before the job is done. And that's -- we're going to get the job done in Iraq. And it's important that we do get the job done in Iraq."
TruthWatch 10.25.06 - 12:28 am