When President Obama spoke at West Point about sending more troops to Afghanistan, there were several instances where he mentioned success. However, Fox & Friends would have you believe he didn’t:

DOOCY: Interestingly enough, of the 4,581 words in his speech, one word was missing. That word was “win.”

Similarly, The Fox Nation web site states that there was no mention of “victory.” Here’s a screenshot:

Here are a few examples from Obama’s speech that prove Steve Doocy and The Fox Nation wrong:

OBAMA: Good evening. To the United States Corps of Cadets, to the men and women of our Armed Services, and to my fellow Americans: I want to speak to you tonight about our effort in Afghanistan — the nature of our commitment there, the scope of our interests, and the strategy that my administration will pursue to bring this war to a successful conclusion. It’s an extraordinary honor for me to do so here at West Point — where so many men and women have prepared to stand up for our security, and to represent what is finest about our country.

[...]

OBAMA: Because this is an international effort, I’ve asked that our commitment be joined by contributions from our allies. Some have already provided additional troops, and we’re confident that there will be further contributions in the days and weeks ahead. Our friends have fought and bled and died alongside us in Afghanistan. And now, we must come together to end this war successfully. For what’s at stake is not simply a test of NATO’s credibility — what’s at stake is the security of our allies, and the common security of the world.

[...]

OBAMA: Third, we will act with the full recognition that our success in Afghanistan is inextricably linked to our partnership with Pakistan.

Obviously Fox News is playing a petty game of semantics. In the future, perhaps, the President and his speech writers should try and figure out what word Fox News will try to use against him and then whip out the ol’ thesaurus (i.e. Win – v.: finish first, succeed, achieve, be first, be victorious, beat, carry the day, come in first, conquer, edge, finish in front, finish off, gain, gain victory, overcome, overwhelm, prevail, run circles around, shut out, sink, take the prize, triumph, upset, walk away with, walk off with).

Or not… A better idea would be to send a thesaurus to Fox News so they can look up synonyms for “win,” or “victory,” and not keep making the same idiotic mistakes, like they did with Obama’s stance on terrorism.

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4 Responses to “Fox & Friends, FoxNation Falsehood on Obama’s West Point Speech”

  1. Using the term “successful conclusion” is not the same thing as the terms “win” or “victory.” A successful conclusion occurs anytime one’s gains exceed one’s losses, or more specifically when one feels that the stated goals have been achieved. This is an important distinction, because the stated goals can change over time. When one “wins” or is “victorious” it is clear that the opponent has been vanquished, not merely suppressed. Obama will not make a statement that binds our military actions to any future prospect of a “win” or “victory.”

  2. FoxNewsBoycott says:

    Marbran, Again, that’s a petty game of semantics and Fox & Friends doesn’t make any distinctions of their own. It’s easy for you to interpret the words how you see fit, but wins and victories are successes, any way you cut it.

  3. Interpreting words as one sees fit is the entire basis of Law, sir. The interpretations are then used to sway opinion, whether of a jury, a judge, or the public. And I agree with you: wins and victories are successes. The question I have is why Obama would avoid the use of the words ‘win’ and ‘victory.’

  4. @Marbran You’re right, how dare he only use one of the 25 synonyms for Win listed in this article alone. But it gets worse then that! The fact that he didn’t say we would “take the prize in Iraq and Afghanistan” proves he’s a fascist communist muslim!

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