A Global Misunderstanding

From Holden:

PillPopping Addict is in high dungeon today. He’s convinced that Bush won last night’s debate (while proclaiming, “I’m not spinning.”) and he’s pissed because his dittohead listners have been sending him e-mails complaining that Bush blew it.

Even the Oxycontin Slob’s in-sutdio sockpuppet, Mr. Snerdley, says that he was “reassured by some of the things Kerry said.” Poor, poor Junkie Blowhard.

One Kerry soundbite that the LittleBlue Freak has seized on is Big John’s assertion that any pre-emptive strike by the U.S. should pass a “global test”. If you look at those words in context as they were spoken you can see that what Kerry said makes good sense:

But if and when you do it, Jim, you have to do it in a way that passes the test, that passes the global test where your countrymen, your people understand fully why you’re doing what you’re doing and you can prove to the world that you did it for legitimate reasons.

If you’ve ever done any programming then you know that what Kerry said is absolutely correct. For he is using the word “global” to mean “universal”. Let’s see that sentence again, subsituting “universal” for “global”:

But if and when you do it, Jim, you have to do it in a way that passes the test, that passes the universal test where your countrymen, your people understand fully why you’re doing what you’re doing and you can prove to the world that you did it for legitimate reasons.

It’s obvious from the phrase, “where your countrymen, your people understand fully why you’re doing what you’re doing,” that what Kerry is saying is that you must tell the citizens of this country the truth before you commit them to war.

It’s unfortunate that he used a word that could be so easily misunderstood by someone of limited intelligence, and more unfortunate still that when Bush questioned this statement Kerry did not get the opportunity to explain that the word “global” can have more than one meaning. But there is nothing wrong with the statement itself.