Situation Planning in the White Flag fortress
"Yep, Jack.. we got them right where we want them. Running our sound bites, and the dumb schmucks in flyover are gonna think they're mean."
" Heh... we can always fall back on context and nuance!"
"Now, it's coming out that after the Iraqi elections, they're going to pull out about 20,000 troops."
"I know, the timing couldnt be better. Either the voter thinks we forced their hand.. or that Dubya's gotta limit his casualties.. either way, win-win."
"But Howard, didnt that General Casey announce that back in July?"
"Sure he did, Nancy.. please try to concentrate, dear... but our boys at the Times and Post and CNN downplayed that, the yokels will never remember it."
"Uh-huh. Even if I do say so, myself. Another Guiness?"