Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Troop Surge Address

Just so you don't miss it, the President is supposed to address the nation tonight at 8 p.m. Central (GMT -6) regarding his proposal for increasing the number of U.S. troops in Iraq. Democrats in congress have already started advancing legislation that would require authorization for any such surge.

(Oh, and I assume everyone knows we've been dropping bombs in Somalia? Just a heads-up.)


Richard Beck said...

Do you know what is up with the word "surge"? I'm sure they have some huge thinktank that told them "surge" sounds better than "increase." Or at least that is what I'm guessing. Anyway, have you heard any discussion about this?

Matthew said...

Your guess sounds right, although I expect it was a thinktank full of marketeers.

Katherine said...

I can't get over all the doublespeak. The rhetoric from the White House is bad enough, but a lot of advocates of bringing the troops home have also been using language in empty, broken, propagandistic ways.

Such a mess. And it's a shame that the only reason Bush is finally admitting that is because it's politically savvy to do so.

(Wow, am I cynical about politics today. Sorry.)

Cody said...

I've checked your blog a couple of times recently and haven't really noticed until now...

Did you intend to use that picture of George Bush as irony? It looks a lot like some medieval artwork of a certain Jewish Rabbi from Nazareth. Is that a halo or ironic photography?

Matthew said...

Yayyyyy somebody noticed the photo!

Isn't that awesome? Reuters photograph, I think. St. Bush.