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October non-surprise

By Michael J. Smith on Monday October 30, 2006 06:45 AM

From Reuters:
No fast U.S. shift on Iraq if Democrats win: Dean
By Philip Barbara Sun Oct 29, 2:33 PM ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Even if Democrats win control of Congress in elections next week, an immediate change of course in Iraq policy is unlikely, the party's chairman said on Sunday.

Countering Republican campaign charges that Democrats would "cut and run" from Iraq, chairman Howard Dean said the party did not believe there should be a sudden pullout of all U.S. troops.

... Dean said a small U.S. force should be left somewhere near Iraq to help prevent the establishment of a terrorist haven in the region.

"We will need to leave a force of special-operations folks in the Middle East, not in Iraq but on the periphery of Iraq, so we can deal with terrorism in a timely manner.

"We don't believe now we should suddenly pull everybody out...," he said.

Ah, the Special Forces -- pinup boys for the Democratic Party ever since Mattress Jack Kennedy had that brainstorm about the berets.

Comments (2)

js paine:

yes indeed

the best brightest and ..the

these robin hood impersonators were
the work of good king jack...

pentagon's beret choice
was also second choice
first choice
vetoed by jfk..

bag pipes tams and kilts

prez jack
" ahh no way no way
general ripper .....
ahh the places iplan on
sendin' em
they'd get their balls bit off
in kilts "


We will need to leave a force of special-operations folks in the Middle East (...)

Style query: who introduced the popular usage of "folks" as skin-crawling euphemism for mercenaries, terrorists, and assorted other combatants? Depending on how it's used, it does double service for "our boys" or "enemy motherfuckers."

It's a Bush-era, well, folksiness, isn't it? Given its frequent usage in war contexts it feels like language-rape, Dean's usage no less so. The political class has made folks one of the least trustworthy words in American English.

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