Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Gene Healy on Drone-War Doublethink

Gene Healy on Drone-War Doublethink:
"Political language," George
Orwell wrote in 1946, "is designed to make lies sound truthful and
murder respectable." When government action can only be defended by
arguments "too brutal for most people to face," governments
reliably brutalize the language, resorting to "euphemism,
question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness."
The Obama team has lately added a new term to the doublespeak
lexicon, "the disposition matrix." This soporific word-cloud
replaces the admirably frank "kill or capture list," writes Gene
Healy.
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