Parsing Bush Speak

This post was written by marc on November 7, 2005
Posted Under: Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

President Bush today declared loudly, “We do not torture!” But this statement is just coded “Bush Speak”. You have to understand what he really means. Of course we don’t torture. That why Bush has secret foreign prisons so that someone else can torture for us. That makes it look like “we” aren’t doing it. It’s just like Bush said about the CIA leak, “If the person has violated law, that person will be taken care of.” What does “taken care of” mean to Bush? It means that they will get a pardon. it’s now clear his entire staff knew about the leak and they are all being taken care of.

Now that you know how Bush speak works here’s a quiz. Ask yourself what these phrases mean in Bush speak. “Strengthen Social Security”, “Simplifying the Tax Code”, “Brownie is doing a heck of a job!”, “Mission Accomplished”, “I won’t raise your taxes.”, “War is a last resort.”, “Social Security Lock Box”, and “We don’t want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud”. Think about it and have fun figuring it out.

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