President Obama sometimes plays games with the English language. Lately, the Administration has been facing the problems created by Russia’s aggressive support of rebels in the eastern part of the Ukraine. While the French and the Germans have been working with the Ukrainian government to try to come up with some sort of diplomatic approach to use in talking to Vladimir Putin, the United States is wondering whether it should supply arms to the Ukrainians. Rather than referring to such arms as “weapons,” the President has consistently been using the phrase, “lethal weapons.” This leads me to wonder if President Obama knows of a category of weaponry in our arsenals which is not “lethal.” (If we do, why are we spending money on them?) Do we have a store of water pistols, which the President wants to make clear would not be sent to the Ukraine because they aren’t “lethal.” Or is he just using “lethal” as a word to frighten the Russians.
Foodies Versus Good Health
America’s health depends on our giving eating properly a higher priority than the “foodies’ and fast food dispensers who dominate our culture have assigned it. Once you start down this path, it is just a matter of maintaining the discipline needed to eat properly.