POLITICS AND THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Dec 9 2005 @ 12:11pm

I try and read Orwell’s famous essay once a year. When I edited TNR, it was the only thing I asked the interns each year to read before they started work. It has rarely been more valuable than today. Here’s Condi Rice describing “extraordinary renditions” when the US swoops in, captures an alleged terrorist, and transports him to countries like Uzbekistan, Egypt or Syria to be tortured, as long as the dictators say they’ll be nice this time. You know: like with Libi. Her phrase:

“spiriting away terrorist suspects to mystery destinations for robust interrogation.”

Is that a spa she’s referring to or a torture chamber?