a quick and relatively painless post

If Mr. Bush fails to take these steps, we will stumble along, our troops at greater risk, casualties rising, costs rising, the patience of the American people wearing thin, and the specter of quagmire staring us in the face.

Can someone please explain to me how a quagmire can stare you in the face?

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~ by wildeyedwonder on June 29, 2005.

7 Responses to “a quick and relatively painless post”

  1. quag·mire n.
    1. Land with a soft muddy surface.
    2. A difficult or precarious situation; a predicament.

  2. Yes, well, neither lands with soft muddy surfaces nor difficult and precarious situations can stare. That I know of. (I know I just totally ended a sentence with a preposition. Feel that.)

  3. Unless they have eyeballs in them. Then they can stare.

  4. hmm. Yes, well, there’s always that possibility.

  5. spec·ter n.
    1. A ghostly apparition; a phantom.
    2. A haunting or disturbing image or prospect: the terrible specter of nuclear war.

    Proverbially speaking, as I am sure he was, it works quite well grammatically.

    Miss. Red. Pen.

  6. If nothing else, Princess, you may console yourself in that you forced Chop to actually use a dictionary. Congratulations.

  7. I resent that comment.

    I have been told several times my vocabulary is to be envied.

    One word for you, Miss Barbie:

    Patsy

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