British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently
sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.”
George W. Bush
of the Union Address
the tradition of President Bill Clinton, who asked us all
to contemplate the meaning of the word “is,” let us analyze
the sixteen words that have caused a virtual meltdown on
the left this week. We will begin with the dictionary definitions
for each word and see where it goes from there.
word placed before nouns to limit or individualize their
meaning. Mind you, there is a great deal more that Webster
and the others have to say about this little word, but this
is its essence, as in the weapons of mass destruction, the
mass graves, the rule of law or the evil Iraqi dictator.
or pertaining to, Great Britain or to its inhabitants. Of
course, this could denote the courageous and forthright
Tony Blair, the brave UK troops working alongside ours in
Iraq or the whiners in London calling for their prime minister’s
political head on a plate. At the moment, it seems to define
act or process of governing, especially the control and
administration of public policy in a political unit. Ask
yourself this: Would you feel better with Al Sharpton or
Dennis Kucinich as commander-in-chief?
person singular present tense of have: The evil Iraqi dictator
has been removed from power before he could have any more
time to produce the WMD we know he had.
have gained knowledge or information of; ascertained by
inquiry, study, or investigation; to have received instruction,
acquired understanding of or to have learned a lesson. Example:
Wouldn’t you think that we would have learned from the infamous
tyrants of the 20th Century that dictators must be crushed,
to refer to the one designated, implied, mentioned or understood:
What kind of soup is that? Or perhaps more to the point:
What kind of Anthrax is that?
Webster can’t find him either.
There he is: Hussein, Saddam. Born 1937. Iraqi military
and political leader. The president of Iraq since 1979.
(Not any more.)
the recent past. Would since September 11, 2001, qualify?
try to locate or discover; to search for; to endeavor to
obtain or reach; to go to or toward; to inquire for; request;
to try; endeavor. Does anyone but Howard Dean and Dan Rather
really believe this doesn’t describe Saddam Hussein’s behavior
in pursuit of WMD?
large in amount or quantity: significant (Iraqi) casualties;
no significant opposition (to Saddam’s regime) was allowed.
measurable, countable or comparable property or aspect of
a thing. Remember Colin Powell’s little slide show at the
that from which anything proceeds; indicating origin, source,
descent, and the like: There was dancing in the streets
of Baghdad and weeping in the halls of the DNC when the
statue of Saddam came down.
heavy silvery-white metallic element, radioactive and toxic,
easily oxidized, and having 14 known isotopes of which U
238 is the most abundant in nature. The element occurs in
several minerals, including uraninite and carnotite, from
which it is extracted and processed for use in research,
nuclear fuels and nuclear weapons. ‘Nuf said?
to indicate a specified place or time as a starting point,
or to indicate a specified point as the first of two limits:
Saddam Hussein had from 1991 until 2003 to come clean with
weapons inspectors. He didn’t.
second-largest continent, lying south of Europe between
the Atlantic and Indian oceans. Africa has vast mineral
resources, many of which are still undeveloped. Also known
as the continent in which the president was pandering all
last week – but that’s another column.
Pattonis a freelance columnist who has served
as a political speechwriter and public policy advisor at
the federal, state and local levels. His weekly columns
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where he serves as the Nebraska Editor.