Thursday, December 10, 2009

Make No Mistake

Reading Obama's Nobel acceptance speech, I came across this sentence: 

"For make no mistake: Evil does exist in the world."

A stitch of rhetoric from the Bush years. Rumsfeld, as I recall, was fond of that little flourish: "make no mistake." Every other breath after 9/11 was "make no mistake." What they didn't utter so audibly was this addendum: "That's our job." 

I don't know if anyone else has made the connection, but every time I hear this uttered by a politician, especially one with a thick cowboy accent, I can't help but think they ripped it from the 90's Western Tombstone, where Doc Holiday has this to say about Wyatt Earp's bloodthirsty romp across the plains wiping out his enemies: "Make no mistake: it's not revenge he's after. It's the reckoning." 

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