Rhetorical ploy and moral blank cheque excusing any and all fatalities incurred during surgical strikes upon military targets - full and final culpability for any casualties resulting from the actions of Democrats.
"Let me see if I can pin down your point here. Surely the occupation of Iraq has been an abject disaster -"
"Yes, and one for which terrorists bear ultimate responsibility."
"Oh, come on, you're not suggesting that all those wedding parties that have been obliterated-"
"... Are unfortunate horrors, arising from the depravity of fascists."
"... Right. So when the Metropolitan Police mistakenly shoot a member of the public at point blank range, then pump exculpatory propaganda into the media, that would be-"
"That would be a disgraceful failure in operational procedures, compounded by a grotesque and deliberate strategy of misinformation."
"My goodness, really?"
"No, not really, you total retread - it's the fucking terrorists' fault again, isn't it?"
"I see. David Aaronovitch, thank you."
"No problem Jeremy, it's always a pleasure appearing on Newsnight."