Cheetohs of Mass Destruction

Kevin Drum has a nice rundown of the Bush administration's incredible shrinking claims about Iraq's alleged weapons and the lack thereof:

March 2003: Weapons of mass destruction.

June 2003: Weapons of mass destruction programs.

October 2003: Weapons of mass destruction-related programs.

January 2004: Weapons of mass destruction-related program activities.

I've mentioned this before, but this reminds me of the Cheetoh-factor, in which every additional adjective makes the noun in question less true:

"Cheese" = cheese

"processed cheese" = cheese, sort of

"processed cheese food" = cheese, sort of, plus other stuff that's not cheese

"processed cheese food snack product" = the food in question is orange, but contains no actual cheese.

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  • Evan

    Just to complete the cheetoh hierarchy for you, I once found for sale, and purchased, a product labelled “pasteurized process loaf”. When I tried to melt some in the microwave, it bubbled for a moment and then solidified into something with the texture of pumice.
    I’m not sure if the WMD hunt has reached the “loaf” stage yet, but it’s obviously getting very, very close.

  • http://ed.puddingbowl.org/archives/001798.html Bloggin Like A Mad Dog

    The Potted Meat Food Product of WMDs

    slacktivist: Cheetohs of Mass Destruction has a cogent analysis of “weaseling by adding extra words.” What do these phrases have in common? “Weapons of mass destruction-related program activities.” “processed cheese food snack product” :)

  • http://bloggy.com/mt/archives/003879.html bloggy

    Cheetohs

    Cheetohs of Mass Destruction…

  • http://WWW.offthekuff.com/mt/archives/002896.html Off the Kuff

    It’s like an analogy

    Norbizness has the best response to the “weapons of mass destruction-related program activities” threat that you’ll see today. UPDATE: Slacktivist…

  • http://www.mememachinego.com/archives/001158.html MemeMachineGo!

    Weasel words

    Weapons of mass destruction-related program activities? Processed cheese food snack product….

  • charles

    From a George Carlin Skit:
    After World War One, soldiers returned from the trenches with “shell shock.”
    After World War Two, they were said to suffer from “battle fatigue.”
    Veterans of the Korean War: “operational exhaustion.”
    Veterans of Vietnam were diagnosed with “post-traumatic stress disorder.”

  • http://www.smallish.com/mt-archives/2004/01/000099.php Smallish.com

    WMD, Cheetos, etc.

    The Slacktivist notes the “Cheetoh-fication” of the Iraq war justification into “Weapons of mass destruction-related program activities.” I was going to make the comment that it reminded me of my favorite terrifying item in the Spam aisle at the grocer…

  • anon

    Anybody ever had authentic style chinese food from a grocery store? Same thing.

  • none

    “Weapons of mass destruction-related program activities.”
    In the immortal words of Jon Stewart, “What the f–k is that?!?! Catering for the scientists?!?!?”

  • http://www.calpundit.com/archives/003107.html Calpundit

    Cheetos of Mass Destruction

    CHEETOS OF MASS DESTRUCTION….The Slacktivist compares George Bush’s State of the Union address to Cheetos. Well, part of it, anyway….

  • http://heidigoseek.typepad.com/blog/2004/01/slacktivist_che.html heidi go seek

    slacktivist: Cheetohs of Mass Destruction

    slacktivist: Cheetohs of Mass Destruction This post on somebody’s blog was brough to my attention. It’s hilarious!

  • http://www.neoultracentrist.com/archives/2004_01.html#000048 Neoultracentrist

    WMD and Cheetohs

    In the continuing hunt for the weapons of mass destruction that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was seeking, Slacktivist shows how deep the conspiracy goes. In the article he shows that Cheetohs, like weapons of mass destruction related program activities,…

  • none
  • http://www.punningpundit.com/archives/2004_01.html#001066 The Punning Pundit

    WMD-related program activities

    The Slactivist reports on the Cheeto Affect, that is, how the more adjectives get added to a statement, the further from being the original statement a new statement is… So, for your amusement, I parse: 7 (it beats the hell…

  • http://www.riverwestcurrents.org/2004/January/001330.html Riverwest Currents

    Cheetos of Mass Destruction

    From Slacktivist: http://slacktivist.typepad.com/slacktivist/2004/01/cheetohs_of_mas.html March 2003: Weapons of mass destruction. June 2003: Weapons of mass destruction programs. October 2003: Weapons of…

  • Todd Johnson

    Nice blog, I’m linking you.

  • JACK

    Who cares,thingings are going great in the Middle East,democracry is spreading!!Liberal loser!!

  • Mike

    They did have the programs for the weapons,maybe it would be better if they had bio weapons and killed 10,000 of our soliders.Idiot.

  • bellatrys

    Um, Mike, they had instructions, that’s *not* the same as making them. Do I get to kill you first because you have a copy of Guns & Ammo in your desk and might therefore shoot me?
    And here’s a trick question: who gave them bioweapons back in the day, huh?
    JACK, if that’s not a parody of an illiterate freeper – then I feel sorry for you.

  • R. Mildred

    I’m quite convinced that some winger computer geek has invented an automatic blog trolling chatbot of some kind

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