Wednesday, March 22, 2006

They're all the same

A few weeks ago, Bush said this:

I believe that a prosperous, democratic Pakistan will be a steadfast partner for America, a peaceful neighbor for India, and a force for freedom and moderation in the Arab world.
-- March 3, 2006

Now there is nothing grammatically wrong with this sentence, but the problem, in my mind, goes deeper that grammar.

Pakistan is not part of the "Arab world*," and so this statement underscores the president's geographical and political ignorance. But I think it goes still deeper. Bush lives in a binary world of black/white -- or more accurately, us/them. (We saw this during the 2004 campaign, where he made it clear that complexity and nuance do not exist for him.) With his with-us-or-against-us attitude, he can completely ignore the complex history and the vast array of different peoples, languages, and religions that make up the Middle East. I do not believe that this statement about Pakistan can be attributed to a "slip of the tongue" or a misstatement. It is evidence of his completely oversimplified view of what the Middle East is all about.

* In the spirit of the oversimplification idea, I offer a pretty good definition from Wikipedia, which is not always the most reliable of sources. But here, it sums up the definition rather well.


At 9:10 PM, Blogger Jake posited...

Why do you hate America?

You must be part of the Arab World.

At 9:12 PM, Blogger CoachDub posited...

Yes, but you must pronounce it with a long A sound: Ay-rab.

At 9:18 PM, Blogger Josh posited...

you're doing a hell of a job, wannie.

At 9:34 PM, Blogger Houley posited...

The President broke out of the Texan for this one: "democratic" and "moderation" are both over the three-syllable limit.

At 10:06 PM, Blogger CoachDub posited...

Nice, Josh.

At 11:10 PM, Blogger constant_k posited...

He probably pronounced them "Dem-crat-ic" and "Mah-Dray-shun." Then he fired a six shooter into the air and killed a man.

At 12:15 AM, Blogger Johnny V posited...

Pulled a "Dick Cheney," if you will.

At 6:52 PM, Blogger P "N" K posited...

All this residual cynicism and potential bitterness makes me smile guys


At 7:09 PM, Blogger Houley posited...

lol, I'm doing this because I hate America, Parker.


Our President talks funny, okay?

At 8:05 PM, Blogger constant_k posited...

Hey, did you hear the one about our Vice President?


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