NYT Mind Readers Discuss Obama's Principles and Santa Claus - Headline: "Secret 'Kill List' Tests Obama's Principles"
NYT Headline: "Secret 'Kill List' Tests Obama's Principles" How do the New York Times mind readers know what Obama's principles are? This reflects the standard position: 'principles' are the focus group-tested platitudes politicians mouth every four years, while what they actually do boils down to inexplicable deviation from principles and 'values.' In other words, the folks who delude us with toothpaste and fast food advertisements also sell us canned candidates, and if one of them happens to have the peculiar habit of running assassination squads out of the Oval Office, well, he's still pretty much a nice guy. Or, “the rhetoric of American foreign policy protects us against reality, that is, against the claim on our attention that any event or fact makes by virtue of its existence.” P. Wander, “The Rhetoric of American Foreign Policy,” Quarterly Journal of Speech 70/4 (1984), pp. 339-361. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/29/world/obamas-leadership-in-war-on-al-qaeda.html?_r=1&hp&pagewanted=all See also, 'Santa Claus Exists, Despite Evidence.'