On NPR yesterday, I heard an admirer of Donald Rumsfeld describe how Rumsfeld is never manipulative. So, obviously, the following was not an attempt at manipulation of the truth, the public, or of his past statement....
"What we have done is we've put out a very straight forward, accurate, to the best of our ability, and balanced view of what we see happening, and what we believe to be the case," Rumsfeld said.
"From the very beginning we've said that this global war on terror is a tough one. It's going to take a long time. It's going to take the cooperation of a lot of countries."
He cited a dictionary definition of the word "slog" as "to hit or strike hard, to drive with blows, to assail violently."
"And that's precisely what the U.S. has been doing and intends to continue to do," he said. "It's not only the Oxford dictionary's preferred definition. It's mine."
A reporter cited a definition of slog in another dictionary as "to walk or progress with a slow, heavy pace" or plod.
"I've seen that one. I read the one I liked," Rumsfeld said.
Rumsfeld, seeming a bit narked, then explained that he had to depart to drop the key to his car off at the tyre shop, as the clerk had rung up to let him know that he couldn't get into the boot. He mentioned that on his way out, he intended to knock up Condoleeza Rice, who was nackered after a long road trip, and that they had plans that evening to share a joint with his family.