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is alleged irascibility germane to the issue? da! nyet!

FROM TODAY’S SEATTLE TIMES (Au­gust 8, 2013, page A3) is a piece from The Wash­ington Post ad­dressing Pres­i­dent Oba­ma’s “snub­bing” of Russian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin over the granting of asylum to Ed­ward Snowden, Mr. Putin is de­scribed as “shrewd but fa­mously iras­cible … with a deep sus­pi­cion of U.S. mo­tives.”

Two ob­ser­va­tions, the first of which is gram­mat­ical: iras­cible is de­fined as “marked by hot temper and easily pro­voked anger” by Merriam-Webster On­line. Whether or not Putin is, in fact, hot tem­pered, is ut­terly ir­rel­e­vant to the con­ver­sa­tion. That is Putin’s ability to manage his anger has nothing to do with the al­leged snub­bing.

On the other hand, Mr. Oba­ma’s also al­leged iras­ci­bility would be ger­mane to the issue being dis­cussed. Of course, it is not men­tioned …

Second, any politi­cian in any country in the world—including the United States—who does NOT harbor a “deep sus­pi­cion of U.S. mo­tives” should NOT be elected and should NOT be en­trusted with any po­si­tion of power, within gov­ern­ment or without.


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HEADER IMAGE: An­other fine fine su­perfine car­toon by Seat­tle’s own (well, sort of our own) David Horsey, per­haps the best Amer­ican po­lit­ical car­toonist of his gen­er­a­tion.




 

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