March 1, 2014

The Five Most Abused Foreign Policy Cliches

Paul Saunders, The National Interest

The Associated Press

In his compelling essay “Politics and the English Language,” George Orwell links the decline of civilizations to a self-reinforcing relationship between muddy thinking and bad writing. “If thought corrupts language,” he writes, “language can also corrupt thought.” In that spirit, I encourage all to think carefully before employing any of the following five phrases, which tend to obscure rather than enlighten.

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