Tuesday, December 13, 2005

President Bush And His Latest Oxymoron

I regularly watch "Countdown" on MSNBC. It's the only thing I can stomach on the cable "news" channels. Last night Keith Olbermann ran the interview Brian Williams had with our President and this asinine quote has stuck with me ever since:
In an interview with NBC's "Nightly News" program, Bush acknowledged the U.S. mission in Iraq has not gone as well as originally planned, when senior Bush officials had predicted U.S. troops would be welcomed as liberators.

"I think we are welcomed. But it was not a peaceful welcome," he said, while adding that a lot of Iraqis are glad the United States is there.
Never mind the crossed up tenses, just look at the oxymoron (no pun intended) he created, "unpeaceful welcome". Here's the definition of WELCOME:
Main Entry: wel-•come
Pronunciation: 'wel-k&m
Function: transitive verb
Inflected Form(s): wel-•comed; wel-•com-•ing
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English welcumian, wylcumian, fwelcomecuma, n.
1 : to greet hospitably and with courtesy or cordiality
2 : to accept with pleasure the occurrence or presence of (welcomes danger)

Funny, I didn't see create an insurgency that kills thousands and lasts for years in that definition.


At 12/14/2005 2:43 PM, Blogger Wilco Democrat said...

Bush's "not a peaceful welcome" is the absolute epitome of George Lakoff's discussion of Republican double speak and framing!! Bush just keeps right on using the word 'welcome' so he can pretend his prediction about how we'd be received with open arms in Iraq was right -- even in the face of the disaster he's created and how badly they want us GONE.

Oh wait...I get it! What they feel for us is "a loving hatred", right?


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