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July 13, 2006

The real meaning of "Cut and Run"

-- by Patrick O'Heffernan

"Cut and Run" does not mean what the Republicans think it does....

From a letter in the San Francisco Chronicle, July 9, submitted by a Peter Browning from Lafayette, California. I believe this is the true origin of the phrase unless someone else knows otherwise.

In dire straights, cut and run'

Editor -- The phrase "cut and run" has appeared in The Chronicle -- indeed, in all media -- numerous times, usually in derogation of those who wish to depart from the ruinous American adventure in Iraq. But those who use the phrase with such fervor obviously don't know what it means.

"Cut and run" originated in the days of sailing ships. It meant to get under way in an emergency by cutting the anchor chain and running before the wind. In the instance of square-rigged ships, it also meant to cut the lines holding the furled sails, whereupon the sails would unfurl of their own weight and the ship could sail at once.

"Cut and run" has nothing whatsoever to do with cowardice, surrender, or defeatism. It is, in fact, the intelligent thing to do when in dire straits. The captain who cuts and runs has a chance of saving his ship. The stubborn, rigid captain, who stands upon the bridge and defies the elements, will find his ship driven upon the rocks -- and destroyed.

From this letter , it appears that Bush is the subborn captain and he intends to destroy the ship -- that's us and our country -- with him.

Posted by Patrick O'Heffernan at July 13, 2006 8:22 AM

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