Posted by ESC on June 18, 2007
In Reply to: Walk off the reservation posted by Mr. HVHJ on June 18, 2007
: To what does the word "reservation" in the phrase "walk off the reservation" refer? What is the origin of this phrase? I suspect it has something to do with Native American history, but I'm not sure.
: Context (From "The Long View in Iraq" by Roger Cohen, NYTimes, June 17, 2007):
: The last military build-up will not be repeated. Americans have no stomach for a further "surge" and the U.S. armed forces have no capacity for one. Republicans, facing an unpopular war, are going to walk off the reservation unless the president changes course in the fall.
Yes, I'm 99 percent sure that's what it refers to. Someone said it in a meeting the other day and my thought was it isn't political correct. "He's off the reservation."