The Rittenhouse Review

A Philadelphia Journal of Politics, Finance, Ethics, and Culture

Tuesday, May 31, 2005  

His Very Own Dictionary

I’m listening to President Mangle Mouth’s news conference (Don’t ask.) on KYW News Radio (AM 1060), and I swear he just said accusations regarding mistreatment of prisoners at Guantanamo cannot be trusted because some of them came from people who have been “trained to disassemble.”

The president helpfully defined the term disassemble: “That means not tell the truth,” he asserted.

When the transcript comes out, I’ll post this section of the conference.

[Post-publication addendum: Here it is in the word-for-word transcript published by the White House: “In terms of the detainees, we’ve had thousands of people detained. We’ve investigated every single complaint against the detainees. It seemed like to me they based some of their decisions on the word of -- and the allegations -- by people who were held in detention, people who hate America, people that had been trained in some instances to disassemble -- that means not tell the truth.”]

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