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Old 10-06-2003, 06:53 PM
darkonc darkonc is offline
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Re: Arnett: We had to destroy the village in order to save it?

Originally posted by Duck Duck Goose
... it was an unnamed press spokesperson for the military who said it at a press conference, not a soldier.
My guess is that the original speaker was focusing on the had to imperative rather than the destroy/save oxymoron. -- trying to salvage a sense of 'it was the best we could do for them' out of an essentialy unsalvable situation.

These sorts of situations are the breeding ground for such PR bloopers. My favorite was the French diplomat trying to put the best face on the French nuclear tests in the pacific:
It's not a bomb! It's a device that explodes.
Do you seriously think that Eddie Murphy's writers could come up with a better line than that?
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