04/09/2008 10:52 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

McCain Seeks "Success" Instead of "Victory" in Iraq

Thanks to John McCain, there is a new word in the Iraq war lexicon. Gone is George W. Bush's talk of "victory" or "winning." The new standard is merely "success."

More than a dozen times in his short opening statement on Tuesday at the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Iraq, McCain cited "success" or its variations as the new goal for the war.

At the beginning of his statement, McCain included this line: "We're no longer staring into the abyss of defeat and we can now look ahead to the genuine prospect of success." He ended as follows: "Congress must not choose to lose in Iraq. We should choose instead to succeed."

A distinction without a difference? Hardly. When it comes to selling war at home, language is nearly as important as the combat itself. And "success" sounds easier to achieve than "victory," even if no one really knows what either word means in the context of this war. Watch Craig's video discussion of this topic, including McCain clips, at Video Trail Mix.

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