Friday, April 23, 2004

Sovereignty? How Amusing

sov·er·eign·ty
n. pl. sov·er·eign·ties

1. Supremacy of authority or rule as exercised by a sovereign or sovereign state.
2. Royal rank, authority, or power.
3. Complete independence and self-government.
4. A territory existing as an independent state.

Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Copyright © 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

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sovereignty

n 1: government free from external control 2: royal authority; the dominion of a monarch [syn: reign]


Source: WordNet ® 1.6, © 1997 Princeton University

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lie ( P ) Pronunciation Key (l)
n.
A false statement deliberately presented as being true; a falsehood.
Something meant to deceive or give a wrong impression.

v. lied, ly·ing, (lng) lies
v. intr.
1. To present false information with the intention of deceiving.
2. To convey a false image or impression: Appearances often lie.

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"April 22 — The Bush administration's plans for a new caretaker government in Iraq would place severe limits on its sovereignty, including only partial command over its armed forces and no authority to enact new laws, administration officials said Thursday."

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As many of us suspected, the word "sovereignty" has too many letters and too complicated a meaning for anyone in the Bush Administration to understand it. But apparently Karl Rove thinks that it sounds nice and people the world over want to hear Dubya say it.

Except for the dimwitted Bushies in the US, the rest of the world knows that even if you call a skunk a "kitty", it will almost certainly stink the place up. Acting as though the entire population of Iraq, and by extension the whole world, is too stupid to see through this Orwellian doublespeak is just another of the colossal blunders of this monumentally inept administration. Do you suppose Ali Al-Sistani will be satisfied as long as we "call" it sovereignty? Clearly, "saying" that an as yet unformed, unstructured Iraqi government will have "sovereign" power in under 10 weeks will doubtless cause Moqtad Al-Sadr to turn himself in, Osama bin Laden to videotape himself committing suicide, and the Saudis to stop giving billions of dollars (obtained from oil sales to the US) to Al Qaeda and the thousands of extremist madrassahs all over the Muslim world.

Perhaps if Karl would just begin a campaign using his lapdog media companies to take the next big Orwellian step and convince the world that War is Peace, the Republicans can begin to brag to the American people how they have brought "peace" to Iraq and "peace" to the Palestinians, and how they plan to bring "peace" to the rest of the Axis of Evil. Oh, and then they can reassure the people of the United States that their children will live their entire lives in a constant state of "peace".


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