Wednesday, May 26, 2004

bush once again demonstrates his incompetence with language

I'm surprised not to have heard any guffaws about George Bush's mangling of the pronunciation of "Abu Ghraib" a couple of days back. When I first heard him say it, I thought there was a glitch in the tape. But then when he got more and more confident in his mispronunciation, I realized that his handlers had once again forgotten to do those flash card exercises with him before he tried to talk.

Of course, I don't watch the Daily Show – or much TV at all – and I can't imagine they'd pass up that opportunity. Maybe it's appropriate he mangled the prison's name, much as the soldiers there have mangled any sense of human decency. Of course, the entire administration has shredded human rights, civil rights, constitutional rights, and any idea of lawfulness, so it's not as if the soldiers who committed those despicable acts didn't have role models. I don't believe for a minute that these were simply a few rogue soldiers – this reaches up to higher levels, and the U.S. administration, starting with Donald Rumsfeld and George Bush, should be mature enough to take responsibility. Where's Truman when you need him?


At 12:40 AM, Linda Guffin said...

What did he say?
You talk about maturity with a person like Bush! I am thinking his mother must be ashamed of his conduct. I know I would be if he were my son. I don't usually say a parent should feel guilty for the actions of a grown child but where in t he world did he come from and what did she teach him?

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