And another thing

Apparently, as “his frustration rises and his influence ebbs,” our president has been using the word “unacceptable” much more often. The article says:

In speeches, statements and news conferences this year, the president has repeatedly declared a range of problems “unacceptable,” including rising health costs, immigrants who live outside the law, North Korea’s claimed nuclear test, genocide in Sudan and Iran’s nuclear ambitions… Having a president call something “unacceptable” is not the same as having him order U.S. troops into action. But foreign policy experts say the word is one of the strongest any leader can deploy, since it both broadcasts a national position and conveys an implicit threat to take action if his warnings are disregarded.

The article avoids (explicitly) saying:

You use that word a great deal. I do not think it means what you think it means.

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Published in: on October 13, 2006 at 14:30  Comments (10)  
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10 Comments

  1. Inconceivable!

  2. Inconceivable!

  3. It’s too bad he hasn’t learned some of the things that the person this was said to originally knew. Like never getting involved in a land war in Asia.

  4. It’s too bad he hasn’t learned some of the things that the person this was said to originally knew. Like never getting involved in a land war in Asia.

  5. or perhaps a land war in Asia minor…

  6. or perhaps a land war in Asia minor…

  7. But the Middle East ain’t in Asia! It’s in that other continent . . . that one that is, like, next to Africa and Europe, that . . .
    Crap, that is Asia, isn’t it? *dies*

  8. But the Middle East ain’t in Asia! It’s in that other continent . . . that one that is, like, next to Africa and Europe, that . . .
    Crap, that is Asia, isn’t it? *dies*

  9. And strictly speaking, Iraq is in Central Asia. And Afghanistan is the canonical worst place of all to start a land war, as everyone from Alexander the Great’s day has figured out.

  10. And strictly speaking, Iraq is in Central Asia. And Afghanistan is the canonical worst place of all to start a land war, as everyone from Alexander the Great’s day has figured out.


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