04 June 2008
Bush: More Existentialism
The President today reiterated his usual line that Iran represents an "existential" threat to world peace. Now I know that he has an Ivy League degree, but that doesn't entitle him to put on elitist airs and talk as if us rabble should know what he's talking about. Most of us haven't read much of Sartre or Camus, or even Norman Mailer, so we're at a loss when he uses deep philosophical terms on us. Should we sound it out and assume that he means that Iran is a threat to the existence of world peace? But that would make the word a redundancy, so there must be more to it, mustn't there? Mr. Bush really ought to hold a fireside chat and explicate the philosophy of existentialism in simple language that the everyday American can understand. But until then I'll stick with the literary critic Inigo Montoya, who said: "You keep using that word. I don't think it means what you think it means."