Wednesday, June 29, 2005

The Invisible Insurgency

If ever there were a more obvious example of the power of language, it would be Bush's 30-minute appearance last night, which amounted to little more than a public pulse-check for the president, reminding us that he is, in fact, alive and well. What should've been an announcement of something, anything, new in the U.S.' war against Iraq was basically Bush revising his role as cheerleader to egg on the troops. (Let me just take a minute to ask, what the fuck have they done with the new Blogger image-upload system? It was fine, before! Now it's treating me like I'm stupid and doing things I don't need it to do!) But, just as galling as Bush's utter lack of substance or style in last night's address was his extremely interesting use of language to make a point he couldn't make directly. As reason after reason for continued military presence in Iraq has evaporated (weapons of mass destru-what? democra- who?), Bush's people are now renewing their reliance upon the case that going to Iraq has something, anything, to do with 9/11. While Bush never directly made the connection, knowing he doesn't have stuff like, oh, evidence to prove such a claim, the connection was obviously implied with his speechwriters' "clever" use of language. At no point were WMDs mentioned, and neither was the word "insurgent"; instead, Iraq has suddenly and overnight become populated with "terrorists" to which Bush referred to repeatedly. Osama Bin Laden was subtly referenced through a quote calling Iraq the new frontier of terrorism (or some such) and 9/11 was invoked six times despite the fact that there has never been any substantial tie linking the two. If you have to congratulate the Right for anything, it is their awareness of the power of language. Unfortunately, it seems that the American public is wiseing up -- I'm not sure how much longer this is going to work if Bush and his Administration keeps relying on such subliminal tactics to get their way. Related Posts: The Right Language


Anonymous Kaede said...

You know full well they will say anything that gets them the votes they need from anyone who chooses to believe them. Especially when they get good speechwriters/PR people in there who can twist words around to mean anything to anyone at the drop of a hat.

I just find it amazing that nobody has ever thought to collect together every news conference, every public address and publish just what was said and when, and thus prove the hypocrisy that is the Republican party of the USA. It would certainly make interesting reading, and I'm sure would make them squirm like hell.....

6/30/2005 07:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Kaede said...

(forgot to mention: As it would be a matter of public record, they can't then turn around and say they didn't say it (as they recently have done), cuz it's all on tape, baby!)

6/30/2005 07:24:00 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Lol! I wish but it would be a huuuge undertaking. Thankfully, I think the blogosphere can eventually fill this niche.

But then the Republicans might turn to their next favourite defense:

"Out of context!"

6/30/2005 09:23:00 PM  
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