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The A-Z of Bush

5 June 2004

George Bush is doing a fantastic job. Not of actually solving the innumerable problems of Iraq, but certainly of glossing over them.

But you may have noticed a certain linguistic programming quality to George's choice of words recently. If you want to speak like George Bush (or have your own military misadventure to play down) you may want to try using the following words and phrases:


Allies

Bravery

Cooperation

Determination

Effort

Freedom

Greatest nation

Help

Insurgents

Joint-peacekeeping force

Keeping the peace

Loyalists, Saddam's

Minority, violent

Ordinary Iraqis

Prosperity

Quality of life

Routine house searches

Special forces

Truth

Understanding

Values

War on Terror

X-eptional courage (had to cheat on that one)
Young men and women

Z (too tricky)

...

However, you may wish to avoid:


Abu Ghraib

Buggery

Carnage

Death

Excessive use of force

Friendly fire

Goddam raghead bastards

Hell on earth

Indiscriminate shooting

Jumping Jehosophat! They shot back at us!

Killed

Little children

Massacre

No plan whatsoever

Oil

Punishment squads

Questionable intelligence

Routine beatings

Systematic

Torture

Unlawful

Vietnam

WMD

X-Ray, Camp

Yeeeeee-hah!

Z (still too tricky)



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