Monday, July 17, 2006

Poor Choice of Words

“STEPHANOPOULOS: Extremists now appear to have been emboldened. The moderates appear to be in retreat. There is no peace process. There is war. How do you answer administration critics who say that the administration’s actions have unleashed, have helped unleash the very hostilities you hoped to contain?

RICE: Well, first of all, those hostilities were not very well contained as we found out on September 11th, so the notion that policies that finally confront extremism are actually causing extremism, I find grotesque.”
From Crooks and Liars

I find the use of the word “grotesque” all wrong here. Grotesque is what human beings' bodies look like after being blown to smithereens in a war that was initiated as the result of a lie.

21 Comments:

Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

Well said! It seems that no one in this administration has any inkling of basic humanity. Think of it - she's in charge of diplomacy!

July 17, 2006 4:57 AM  
Anonymous Dolphingirl said...

Thanks for another great post. If only sanity were contagious.

July 17, 2006 5:20 AM  
Blogger SB Gypsy said...

Always and forever, this group uses projection as a defense. By this time it's just a reflex.

As she looks into that deep, black well where she put her awareness of reality she sees the results of her war, and recognizes it as grotesque. She then turns around, identifies whatever is jerking her chain at the moment, "GROTESQUE!" she spits out.

Go shopping for shoes, Condi - you'll do less damage in the shoe store.

July 17, 2006 5:51 AM  
Blogger Sue Woo said...

So very true PoP.

July 17, 2006 5:55 AM  
Blogger BZ said...

It all seesm to get more and more surreal as the events unfold. I guess we will be in for a real shock when the war starts with Syria and Iran.

July 17, 2006 6:20 AM  
Blogger Donnie McDaniel said...

Condi is so putrid!! Grotesque? Why yes she is!! The whole bunch up there are just insane.

July 17, 2006 6:27 AM  
Blogger shutterwi said...

Grotesque is what human beings' bodies look like after being blown to smithereens in a war

Insignificant concerns for this crowd.

They use the term grotesque to mean.

1. dropping poll numbers

2. no tax cuts for six months

Yah know the really important "grotesque" things that happen to poor george

July 17, 2006 7:16 AM  
Blogger Time said...

Grotesque is what I call, this administration!

July 17, 2006 8:19 AM  
Blogger GraemeAnfinson said...

so true. nice work!

July 17, 2006 8:20 AM  
Blogger DivaJood said...

I find Condi to be grotesque. I find what's happening to the United States to be grotesque. Good one, POP.

July 17, 2006 9:19 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

...those hostilities were not very well contained as we found out on September 11th, so the notion that policies that finally confront extremism are actually causing extremism, I find grotesque.

Condi purposely avoided the fact that those "policies that finally confronted extremism" have failed. It's grotesque that this administration fails to take responsibility for their actions.

July 17, 2006 10:06 AM  
Blogger Granny said...

You nailed it. Thanks.

And thanks for your comment today. I'd been anxiously awaiting the chance to write that post. Two more kids into a good home. Wow.

July 17, 2006 11:11 AM  
Blogger MichaelBains said...

Stephanopoulos has gotta be the best real talkin' head on the set.

Right on POP!

July 17, 2006 12:44 PM  
Blogger Darwin's Dagger said...

Is anyone going to emerge from this administration with even the slightest shred of credibility. I'd say no. Maybe Colin Powell if he finally speaks the truth. Poor Condi's reputation won't be worth much more than Monica Lewinski's.

July 17, 2006 1:20 PM  
Blogger JBlue said...

I think your example is much more accurate.

July 17, 2006 1:55 PM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Ironic that Rice here brings up 9/11. By my account, as national security adviser at the time, she should have shared a large share of the blame for the catastrophic security lapse that allowed terrorists to do what they did.

Yet the Bush administration instead promoted her to Secretary of State. So typical of this administration to reward loyalty over competence.

July 17, 2006 6:53 PM  
Blogger Miss Cellania said...

Grotesque is when those in power don't value their own citizen's lives above their own agendas. Very grotesque.

July 17, 2006 7:46 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

"Grotesque" is the President's behavior at G8. Stupid enough to get caught cursing on mike, fascinated with carving a pig roast, and foisting uncalled for massages on another head of state.

It's grotesque that this simpleton asshole is representing the U.S. on the world stage. This is the kind of grotesquerie one finds in a Vonnegut novel, but sadly, it's for real.

July 18, 2006 7:24 AM  
Blogger Robert said...

What amazes me about the left is your propensity to blame everyone except for those who are actually at faults. Its the (president's, Condi, CIA, NSA, NRA, or fill in the blank) fault that we were attacked on 9/11, and the same because - OMG - someone actually dies in war.

The terrorists are responsible for the violence. As if there was no anti-American forces at work before 9/11.

It is both grotesque and intellectually dishonest (presuming that anyone actually bothers to apply intellect to their arguements) that because we responded to violence that we are responnsible for violence.

July 18, 2006 7:27 AM  
Blogger poopie said...

Right on. Oh, and Robert? Us lefties just LOVE amazing you. It makes our day.

July 18, 2006 10:06 AM  
Blogger MichaelBains said...

Robert, you sound like a good guy. Really.

Our shooting through the heads of children is impossible to honor or value or forget. The terroristic human for whom we're aiming isn't worth it.

I'd rather die than kill innocents in my "defense", but the odds of THAT happening due to a terrorist attack are microscopic compared to the number of children and other non-combatants who will be killed, first by the Religious pschotics, then by Hegemonists in our "righteous" and insanely primitive response.

The US needs to back off, and reevaluate how it exercises its legitimate strengths and freedoms through out the world. Rome fell cuz it's evaluation was too arrogant and ignorant. The US still has a chance to osmotically spread our highest and most progressive and productive values, but only if we stop and acknowledge those of others.

On a flippant note: Let's just move Israel to the East Coast. The Carolinas are losing big tobacco so I'm sure the Israelis will have some input on the future of the region from NYC to Miami.

July 20, 2006 3:43 AM  

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