Thursday, September 14, 2006

Define irony (or strategy)

¡Mira! Our president can't pronounce the word strategy and David Brooks does not understand the meaning of the word!
And the sad truth is, there has been a gap between Bush’s visions and the means his administration has devoted to realize them. And when tactics do not adjust to fit the strategy, then the strategy eventually gets diminished to fit the tactics.

Merriam-Webster's entry on Strategy:
1 a (1) : the science and art of employing the political, economic, psychological, and military forces of a nation or group of nations to afford the maximum support to adopted policies in peace or war (2) : the science and art of military command exercised to meet the enemy in combat under advantageous conditions b : a variety of or instance of the use of strategy
2 a : a careful plan or method : a clever stratagem b : the art of devising or employing plans or stratagems toward a goal

The strategy doesn't get diminished to fit the tactics; the strategy gets replaced because it was craptastic in the first place! Brooks is basically using strategy as a synonym for vision.

"I don't think that word means what you think it means."

HT to Lance


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