In like manner, the beginner who has learned a new language always translates it back into his mother tongue, but he assimilates the spirit of the new language and expresses himself freely in it only when he moves in it without recalling the old and when he forgets his native tongue.I am grateful to Charlie Davis for discovering this amazing eruction from the ambassador of our own Le Petit:
-The 18th Brumaire
Today, President Obama directed a thorough review to strengthen our national capacity to prevent mass atrocities. Crucially, the President will establish a new Atrocities Prevention Board with the authority and the policy tools to respond quickly to early warning signs and make recommendations before options narrow and the costs of both action and inaction rise precipitously. The President also expanded grounds to deny visas to serious human rights violators and war criminals and to isolate those who engage in or conspire to commit atrocities.WE MUST BE READY! The whole thing sounds like it was cut from an early-draft script for Transformers 36: The Rise of the Descended. Optimus Prime intones it before turning into a nuclear pine tree. The Dyslexicons attack in pursuit of The Ember of Conflict, which promises its owner unlimited roadside assistance for the life of the vehicle. A model bares her breasts. Michael Bay goes to the bank. My god, "Atrocities Prevention Board"--the abbreviation is even APB!
The United States is deeply committed to ensuring that no individual, now or in the future, sees a path to power in division and death. Moreover, in the enduring fight against mass atrocities, the United States will continue to enlist the contributions of all nations who know that in war, there must be rules; that, in the pursuit of power, there must be limits; that, even in a violent world, there must be rights; and that, when the embers of conflict threaten to ignite, we must be ready.
What is intersting here is how this langauge, although hurled impotently in the vague direction of the ever-springing Arab states, really just recapitulates anti-Soviet Cold War rhetoric. The United States and her allies will support free peoples wherever blah blah. I am a Jelly Donut. Mr. Stroganoff, meet me in the men's room at the mall! Insofar as I am able to tell, the American Empire locked itself into a particular mode of expression sometime around 1950 and has yet to escape it, try though it might to find a new language for its new-ish world: "The French, so long as they were engaged in revolution, could not get rid of the memory of Napoleon"!