But the greater shame belongs to the candidate who launched this war, refuses to admit his errors, and now holds the moral pride of his countrymen hostage, blackmailing them into shunning the truth. Tonight he scoffed, “If I were to ever say, 'This is the wrong war at the wrong time at the wrong place,' the troops would wonder, 'How can I follow this guy?' “
Exactly, Mr. President. If you were ever to give them the correct assessment, they would ask the correct question.
In jounalism class, that's what they call a “clincher”.