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The Meaning of Reflective

Merriam-Webster defines the word “reflective” as meaning “capable of reflecting light, images, or sound waves,” “marked by reflection : THOUGHTFUL, DELIBERATIVE” and “relating to, or caused by reflection.”

Why the English lesson? Because our view of Bill Clinton is marked by his curious circumlocution before a grand jury, concerning his infidelity, that whether he’d had sex “depends on what the meaning of is is.” That became the meme that destroyed him before history, even if it did not cost him his Presidency.

Here is Ari Flesicher on the Niger “yellow cake uranium” that led us to war with Iraq. “So given the fact that the report on the yellow cake did not turn out to be accurate, that is reflective of the president’s broader statement.”

What was he saying? After several days reflection, the word reflective has taken on a new meaning.

Bush lied.

Bush lied in his claim Iraq was a direct threat to the United States. Bush lied to the United Nations, lied to the U.S. Congress, and he lied to you.

Bush didn't lie about a blowjob. Bush lied about the most important part of his real job, the decision to commit U.S. troops to risk their lives. So far, 6,000 Iraqis have lost their lives in that war. I mention that because the Administration now claims 9/11, in which 3,000 died, as its justification for the Iraq War. Since May 1, the day Bush said on national television that hostilities ended, 45 more U.S. soldiers have died. I guess if you can lie about the reason for a war, a lie about when it ends doesn't mean much to you.

Since the war, of course, the Administration has been moving the goal posts, hoping history will still record a touchdown. It wasn't whether Hussein had enough weaponry to threaten us, but whether he had any unconventional weapons at all. (A lie.) The war was about "liberating the people of Iraq" from a tyrant. (A lie.) We have secret intelligence proving we are telling the truth. (A lie.)

What's more important, war and the death of thousands, or a blowjob? What is more deserving of removal from office, the death of thousands or a blowjob?

Republicans say a blowjob.

What do you say?

Posted by Danablankenhorn at July 10, 2003 11:35 AM