Monday, January 07, 2008

Today on "60 Minutes" Lara Logan asked Pervez Musharraf if he "liked" Benazir Bhutto. Are Americans all regressing to the third grade? Does everything have to be couched in preadolescent, cutesy terms? Musharraf smiled awkwardly and said, well, it's not a question of like or dislike, it's not personal, it's not like that. Have seven years of George Bush subconsciously dulled all our intellects, so we actually produce and desire the level of rhetoric that he favors, that hokey moronic talk? Then in the next segment, Steve Croft asked some mafia killer, "Do you like guns?" Jesus Christ. It's as though we're trying to evade responsibility for the woefully adult things that take place in the world by making the language we use to describe them more innocent.

Do you like ice cream? Do you like terrorists? Do you like scrapbooking? Do you like global warming? Do you like girls? Do you like waterboarding?