Changing the Meaning of 'Change'

Do you remember when "change" meant "get out of Iraq"?  The 2006 election was in fact presented as a referendum on Iraq. Senator Barack Obama started his run for the White House shortly after that 2006 election, presenting himself as one who never supported our military action in Iraq, in contrast to, say, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards and Joe Biden. 

But scanning recent headlines, it looks like the meaning of "change" has changed.  See if you detect the humor, as I did, in the following recent headlines and stories.


US Military Returns Control of Anbar to Iraqis

Petraeus submitted a report on troop cuts, The top US commander in Iraq has given his military superiors and Defense Secretary Robert Gates his initial recommendation on when to resume US troop withdrawal and at what pace

Former Marine acquitted in Iraqi detainee deaths

Culture Resurfaces in Sadr City as Violence Falls

US says troops could quite Baghdad soon,  General David Petraeus said the declining violence in Baghdad raised possibility that American combat troops could leave the capital by next summer 

Obama says economic issues will decide election 
Do you remember when "change" meant "get out of Iraq"?  The 2006 election was in fact presented as a referendum on Iraq. Senator Barack Obama started his run for the White House shortly after that 2006 election, presenting himself as one who never supported our military action in Iraq, in contrast to, say, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards and Joe Biden. 

But scanning recent headlines, it looks like the meaning of "change" has changed.  See if you detect the humor, as I did, in the following recent headlines and stories.


US Military Returns Control of Anbar to Iraqis

Petraeus submitted a report on troop cuts, The top US commander in Iraq has given his military superiors and Defense Secretary Robert Gates his initial recommendation on when to resume US troop withdrawal and at what pace

Former Marine acquitted in Iraqi detainee deaths

Culture Resurfaces in Sadr City as Violence Falls

US says troops could quite Baghdad soon,  General David Petraeus said the declining violence in Baghdad raised possibility that American combat troops could leave the capital by next summer 

Obama says economic issues will decide election