Monday, September 25, 2006

As A Copy Editor, I Am Annoyed

As an American, and as a human being, I am disgusted, saddened and infuriated:

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From a talk with Wolf Blitzer on Sunday
WOLF BLITZER: Let's move on and talk a little bit about Iraq. Because this is a huge, huge issue, as you know, for the American public, a lot of concern that perhaps they are on the verge of a civil war - if not already a civil war - We see these horrible bodies showing up. Tortured, mutilation. The Shia and the Sunni, the Iranians apparently having a negative role. Of course, al Qaeda in Iraq is still operating.

BUSH: Yes, you see — you see it on TV, and that's the power of an enemy that is willing to kill innocent people. But there's also an unbelievable will and resiliency by the Iraqi people ... Admittedly, it seems like a decade ago. I like to tell people when the final history is written on Iraq, it will look like just a comma because there is — my point is, there's a strong will for democracy.
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If you read Bush's quote alone, it's deliciously ambiguous. Too bad he doesn't have a copy editor.


  1. Anonymous10:43 AM

    An address to a posting in the readers' blogs at Josh Marshall's Talking Points Memo:

    The author demonstrates, with commas, the number of casualties we have suffered in Iraq. Very effective reply to the chimp.

  2. Anonymous10:51 AM

    Eats, Shoots, and Leaves Iraq, huh?

    (pun stolen shamelessly from Language Log)