Hello my American cousins, it seems the conversations between our two0 great leaders at the lead up to the Iraq war will never be disclosed
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/po … 56326.html
I am sure they have told us that there was nothing untoward about their decision of bombing the cr*p out of Iraq.
How stupid do our politicians think we are?
untoward: 1 inconvenient, unlucky, unexpected, unforeseen, surprising, unusual; unwelcome, unfavorable, adverse, unfortunate, infelicitous; malapropos.
2 improper, unseemly; perverse.
http://retellect.hubpages.com/hub/shoul … -of-europe
Gosh! Thanks for that Kathryn, English has only been my first language for the last 65 years.
Just trying to be helpful… Gosh! (We never use that word in every day speech over here. At least where I live I never hear anyone say, " Wow, that cop was way untoward!" or "There was nothing untoward about George W. Bush's and Tony Blair's, decision to bomb the (choose your favorite archaic expletive) out of Iraq." And I never saw that word in newspapers. I might have come across it in a Bronte novel.)
BTW http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014 … raq-report
Gordon Brown announces an inquiry will be set up to “learn the lessons” of the Iraq war, led by former civil servant Sir John Chilcot, but says it will avoid “apportioning blame”.
After public hearings finally getting underway, a former Foreign Office official Sir William Ehrman tells the inquiry that the UK received intelligence days before invading Iraq that Saddam Hussein may not have been able to use chemical weapons.
The inquiry holds its final round of public hearings.
The inquiry announces its findings will not be published until the summer of 2012, six months later than anticipated, only to be delayed again as it approaches a million words in length.
The Independent reveals that early drafts of the report “challenge previous accounts of what happened” in the run-in to the 2003 war.
New forecast date for the start of the inquiry’s “Maxwellisation” process – in which public officials criticised in the report are allowed to see the findings in advance of publication.
Sir John tells David Cameron it is “regrettable” that the Government and his inquiry have failed to agree on the disclosure of “difficult categories of documents”.
Inquiry admits that the Maxwellisation has yet to start, while The Independent reveals that the inquiry could finally be published in the run-up to the 2015 general election.
The inquiry says the full transcripts of Tony Blair’s conversations with US President George Bush will be withheld, days after Blair insists he is not causing the delay to the report’s publication."
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/po … 56326.html
In fact, it is an insult to democracy, accountability and the intelligence of the British people that will ensure Chilcot, like the Butler and Hutton inquiries before it, is seen as yet another Establishment whitewash.
It should never be forgotten that the grave charge against Mr Blair is that he secretly gave Mr Bush a commitment to go to war – then lied to Parliament, the Cabinet and the country to force through a decision that had already been taken.
Most devastatingly, he is accused of exaggerating evidence that Saddam Hussein posed a deadly threat to Britain, while suppressing advice that the war might be unlawful.
The letters – and the context provided by whatever pressure was placed on Mr Blair by the President – are key to finding out if this chilling scenario is accurate.
Many will quite reasonably question the claims made by an increasingly messianic Mr Blair, in a self-serving BBC interview this week, that he has not deliberately tried to block Chilcot.
With over 3,500 dead and over 32,000 American service men wounded and up to 138,000 civilian casualties it is a shame that the two most responsible are playing through their proxies and perhaps co-conspirators, political games to salvage their legacies. It is more than a shame, it is disgusting.
From the definition the word seems to fit perfectly.
I wonder if we have lost the use of these words here in the UK because of or in spite of the Americanisation of the language?
1. An exclaimation of annoyance, exasperation, or other negative factor.
2. The sound a made by a stereotypical pirate.
Kathryn, why the hell do you think you have to explain words to people? Are you making assumptions of their intellect or understanding? Do you think most here view it as a positive contribution?
Maybe we should start writing in our translations so as not to upset our forum friends.
The fact that you saw fit to give the dictionary definition of untoward was I believe a genuine attempt to help readers understand what context I was using to describe the situation.
Dem words aint be dissin me moma
Thank you Silverspeeder.
1. I was helping to clarify your message.
2. It is imperative to comprehend the definition of unknown words as one reads.
3. Untoward is a quaint and unusual word.
4. They can look up their own words from now on.
It may be a quint and unusual word to you . . .
No, not to the British, I suppose. Especially the ones who still wear velvet and lace or carry swords.
By the way, John, when the Moody Blues played here awhile back, they wore Hawaiian shirts. I was so disappointed. I thought sure they would wear velvet and lace!
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