In last Monday’s Washington Post, Thomas E. Ricks and Karen DeYoung wrote, “The U.S. military believes it has dealt devastating and perhaps irreversible blows to al-Qaeda in Iraq in recent months, leading some generals to advocate a declaration of victory over the group, which the Bush administration has long described as the most lethal U.S. adversary in Iraq.”
One of the funnier little episodes of the past week has been watching the right decide whether or not they should take this advice; decide whether or not they should declare victory over al Qaeda.
That the US cannot declare victory over al Qaeda is generally agreed. The reasons vary; Democrats, journalists, and even, tangetially, al Qaeda itself are cited. Out of this confusion, it takes Dick Cheney to provide the right a real lesson in rhetorical consistency.