Flip-flop

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Flip-Flop is a reversal of a position taken on a public policy issue or question of fact by a politician.

George W. Bush Flip-Flops

  • On January 11, 2006 Pres. George W. Bush flip-floped on holding congressional hearings on his unconstitutional domestic eavesdropping program, saying that it is "good for democracy." Bush had earlier opposed the hearings. Source: Deb Riechman. "Bush Fields Questions About Spy Program." Associated Press. January 11, 2006.
  • On May 29, 2006, a visibly tense U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice reversed U.S. foreign policy on Iran when she stated during a television interview that the U.S. would be willing to negotiate directly with Iran if it agrees to a verified suspension of uranium enrichment: "The Iranian people believe they have a right to civil nuclear energy. We acknowledge that right." Source: Glenn Kessler. "Analysis: Shift in U.S. Stance Shows Power of Seven-Letter Word." Washington Post. June 1, 2006. The Iranians declined to suspend uranium enrichment.

Condoleezza Rice Flip-Flops

  • Speaking to a Congressional hearing on Iraq on February 27, 2007, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced a major policy flip-flop by announcing that the U.S. will negotiate with Iran, resumably without a verifiable suspension of uranium enrichment: "I would like to take one moment to talk about our diplomatic offensive. I would note that the Iraqi government has invited all of its neighbors, including Syria and Iran, to attend both of these regional meetings," Rice said. "We hope that all governments will seize this opportunity to improve their relations with Iraq and to work for peace and stability in the region." Source: Guy Raz. "Iraq Meeting May Lead to U.S.-Iran Talks." NPR. February 28, 2007. The previous position, spelled out by Pres. George W. Bush only two before was that the U.S, would not negotiate with Iran without a verifiable suspension of uranium enrichment.
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