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The White House on Winning and Losing in Iraq

December 20, 2006

There's an old saying it doesn't matter whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game. But as President Bush's press conference this morning shows, when its comes to saying whether or not the U.S. is winning or losing it Iraq, the White House just isn't playing the game very well.
"I believe that we're going to win."
President Bush, December 20, 2006.
"We're not winning, we're not losing."
President Bush, December 19, 2006.
"Absolutely, we're winning."
President Bush, October 25, 2006.
"We are losing."
Former Bush Secretary of State Colin Powell, December 17, 2006.
"No, sir."
Defense Secretary nominee Robert Gates, asked if the U.S. is winning in Iraq, December 5, 2006.
"I'm not playing the game anymore."
Tony Snow, asked whether the U.S. is winning in Iraq, December 18, 2006.
For more wisdom from the Bush White House and its amen corner, see "Today's Mantra."

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Jon Perr
Jon Perr is a technology marketing consultant and product strategist who writes about American politics and public policy.

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