This 10-minute clip from The Daily Show explains all.
This is what George W Bush said at the Bob Riley for Governor lunch in Alabama yesterday:
There is an Almighty, and a gift of that Almighty to every man, woman and child on the face of the Earth is freedom.
And this, apparently, is part of his argument for legislation which intends to legitimise evidence gained through torture, create “military commissions” where hearsay is admissible as evidence and other “tools necessary to protect the American people in this war on terror” and keep people like David Hicks imprisoned without charge or trial for another four years.
Ah yes, freedom…
The whole speech is worth reading because it’s a fine example of how to do propaganda. And perhaps I’ll write more about that another time, if anyone’s interested?
Or would more Steve Irwin jokes be more suitable?
For some fine examples of how language is being manipulated in the War on Terror, try the Cato Institute briefing paper Doublespeak and the War on Terrorism. This 16-page report is very readable, and somewhat disturbing. Read on for some of my favourites…