Monday, July 17, 2006

It's A Free Ride, When You've Already Paid

So, the preznit said a bad word. First off, it's nothing new:
Just before a campaign speech in Illinois, Mr Bush said to his running mate Dick Cheney: "There's Adam Clymer, major league asshole from the New York Times."

Mr Bush later said he did not realise that live microphones were going to pick up the remark, but he stopped short of an actual apology.

And then there was the notorious middle finger (memorialized elsewhere on this page), the infamous wedding video (he looks exactly like Christian Bale playing Bruce Wayne) and The Pet Goat. Someone, please, keep this guy away from recording equipment.

But anyway, as is often the case with Dubya, his bizarre "style" has distracted everyone from the substance of what he said:

See, the irony is what they need to do is get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this shit, and it's over.
OK, maybe I just don't get it, but where's the irony? What's ironic about the statement that "they" (presumably Israel and/or various diplomats) need to get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this shit?

n. pl. i·ro·nies
    1. The use of words to express something different from and often opposite to their literal meaning.
    2. An expression or utterance marked by a deliberate contrast between apparent and intended meaning.
    3. A literary style employing such contrasts for humorous or rhetorical effect...
    1. Incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs...
    2. An occurrence, result, or circumstance notable for such incongruity...
Do any of these definitions apply? I can't figure it out. If Syria gets Hezbollah to stop bombing Israel, it's over. Is it ironic because Syria recently stopped overtly pulling the strings in Lebanon, and now they hold the possible solution in their hands, if only they could or would rein in Hezbollah? Was Dubya being that deep?

You know what I think? I think this is the most inappropriate use of the term since Alanis Morrisette's god-awful screech. That's fine company Dubya's keeping.

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