Monday, November 07, 2005 "Finally, today, George W. Bush made a stunning announcement:


'We do not torture,' said Bush.

This is truly an artistic breakthrough.

And so we ask: what is the nature of 'we?' Is Bush simply saying that he himself does not personally torture, perhaps extending the 'we' here to include Laura and the twins? Is 'torture' itself the elusive concept, not encompassing practices like rendition, waterboarding, sexual humiliation, and savage physical punishment?

Or perhaps (and this would be truly the master stroke) Bush is questioning the meaning of 'not'? Perhaps we are to contemplate the nature of negation -- and therefore question the very existence of any objective reality to negate?


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