mad in pursuit journal

DISPATCHED FROM THE CROSSROADS, AT THE intersection OF winning and "winning"

ToMAYto, ToMAHto

Are we winning in Iraq?

Any boob who pays attention to the news will say, "No."

Secretary of Defense to Be Gates says: "No." (Even though, yes, of course, an American soldier can whip an insurgent's ass.)

Bush says: "Absolutely yes!"

White House Press Secretary Tony Snow brushes off the contradiction. He's, like, so what's the problem? I say to-MAH-to, you say to-MAY-to. Blah-blah-blah.

This just drives me crazy! Have we become so anti-intellectual that we no longer define our terms? Is this what happens when truth-is-relative post-modernism seizes our leadership?

We're winning because I'm the commander-in-chief and I say we're winning. Oy, I've experienced this before back in my old job. "My position makes me right."

I fear children who don't get good educations, whose parents care less for accuracy than ideology. Their ignorance will condemn us to future Bush-like authoritarian administration.

12.7.06

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