When you next hear a republican mention "a plan for victory" in Iraq your sexy professor pal Phineas (I'm not sure about the other two perhaps they will agree with me) wants you to think about it. I mean really think about it. Did that republican actually offer up a "plan" or just say "a plan for victory". Because if they did not offer up a plan they are allowing you to interject your own premise for victory. It's a rhetorical device and it is what Aristotle thought to be his most important contribution to society; the enthymeme.
When a republican says "a plan for victory" they aren't going to give you their plan "We will kill as many people as possible and win all that juicy oil" they are allowing you to just add what every you want into that "plan". It works to their advantage because now you've created the belief they have a plan when in actuallity they don't have any plan at all. I mean have they had a plan at all this whole time other than we're going to be greets as liberators and showered with chocolate and roses? No they have been winging it the whole time what makes you think they have any plan at all?
So when the midterm elections heat up remember think critically (and not with just republicans but with democrats too they are both the powers of the status quo).