13 December 2005

IEDs always make me feel welcome

In an article reporting Bush's denial that the bungling of the Katrina response reflected racism (for once, I believe him—I think it was much more likely because of the poverty of the victims), is this:
Bush defended Vice President Dick Cheney's pre-war assertion that the United States would be welcomed in Iraq as liberators.

"I think we are welcomed," he said. "But it was not a peaceful welcome."
Huh? Even allowing for his genetic estrangement from the English language, it's hard to make sense of this. When you're getting shot at and bombed, what you're experiencing is not a welcome.

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