Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Mistakes Were Made

That phrase is the mistake. If I hear it again from a senior Bush administration official, I will be likely to bang my head on the closets solid object.

During Alberto Gonzales' testimony was when I started thinking about it again, and I made a note to vent about it. For everything the Bush Administration does right, they capitulate to criticism in the most passive-aggressive way. It must be this wishy-washy compassionate conservatism thing that the President ran on in 2000.

The problem is two-fold: one, that they backpedal and say that mistakes were made, when clearly none were. Quit apologizing all the damn time! Yes, It's an apology.

Two: The passive voice. The sentence in which there is no subject - no initiator of positive action. I find it ridiculously cowardly; so much for the courage of one's convictions. How about "I made a mistake"? Or "There are some areas which we could have done a better job"? Better yet, "No one made a mistake".

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1 Comments:

Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin bloody well said...

The firing of the USAs was proper if political. The serve at the whim of the administration. Clinton cleaned house. Big deal. And that's how the Admin should have handled it. But they duck and couch and ACT as if something heinous occurred. They cannot even defend themselves.

BZ

26 April, 2007 15:05  

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