Doublespeak is language that deliberately disguises, distorts, or reverses the meaning of words. Doublespeak may take the form of euphemisms (e.g., “downsizing” for layoffs, “servicing the target” for bombing), in which case it is primarily meant to make the truth sound more palatable. It may also refer to intentional ambiguity in language or to actual inversions of meaning (for example, naming a state of war “peace”). In such cases, doublespeak disguises the nature of the truth. Doublespeak is most closely associated with political language.
John Kerry Stumbles In Ruling Out ‘Boots On The Ground’ In Syria
“I don’t want to take off the table an option that might or might not be available to a president of the United States to secure our country,” he said.
But as Obama has already said;
President Barack Obama has flatly said that the Syrian conflict is not like Iraq or Afghanistan. “We’re not considering any boots-on-the-ground approach,”
So do we have doublespeak here? a specific from one, and a gentle about turn from the second in command on the other?
Or how about this:
“In the last 24 hours, we have learned through samples that were provided to the United States that have now been tested from first responders in east Damascus and hair samples and blood samples have tested positive for signatures of sarin,” Kerry said on NBC’s Meet The Press.
Does not actually tell who “First Responders” actually are, is that because he does not want you to know?
Or “Positive Signatures”? Sarin is in the air, so you may expect it to be on top of blood or Hair, not a signature…. but real live absolute sample of Sarin.
Kerry pointed to the possibility that a cache of chemical weapons could fall into the hands of a terrorist group to make the case for military action.
Terrorist group? thats not the government right? I mean that must be whats left after the government? Are those not the people we are making a case for to go in and protect? We cannot trust them to hold on to that Sarin until we take care of it?
Or maybe an alternative doublespeak:
“Bashar Assad now joins the list of Adolf Hitler and Saddam Hussein [who] have used these weapons in time of war,”
Are we not forgetting it was convenient for us to turn a blind eye when Saddam used chemicals against Iranians (about 800 thousand) because it suited our aims?
There also seems to be a distinction here as if Depleted Uranium, Atomic bombs, Neutron Bombs, radiation, Star wars, Drones, and missiles with no morals fired from 200 miles away are ACCEPTABLE ways of killing people.
The US has evidence that sarin nerve gas was used in chemical attacks outside Damascus last month and could go ahead with military strikes against Bashar al-Assad’s regime even without the backing of Congress, the US secretary of state, John Kerry, has said.
Does that mean we are going to strike regardless of what Congress says, or perhaps the American people, or even the UN?
“We are going to win this vote”
Perhaps he meant that we dont care who we have to bribe, cheat, and steal from, we will win!
On the other hand the best piece of doublespeak ever must be:
“I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky. I never told anybody to lie, not a single time; never. These allegations are false.”
The truth the whole truth, and nothing but the truth does not include Doublespeak…….. because which ever way you look at it….. its a lie!