Summary: Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter did misspeak
last week with remarks that caused a firestorm in both Washington and Baghdad.
But I'm bemused by his handy politician's excuse of misspeak
, as though he suffers from Tourette's and blurted out the wrong word, as opposed to committing the tactical error of telling voters what he actually thinks.
People often misspeak
or say things in a manner that doesn't necessarily convey exactly what they mean.
Those perky weapons of mass destruction - misspeak
Another reason why communications officers should be present at interviews is so they can help the engaged official from getting too engaged and misspeak
, thus saving the day or embarrassment of seeing bad things in the press.
And by the way, spherical situation awareness applies as well to logistics to maintenance to operational readiness and availability making sure we truly understand what the capabilities of our force structure are and don't misstate it or misspeak
it to the combatant commander.
I don't remember doing so, but occasionally, one does misspeak
and I will take responsibility for that.
Returning to the comparison with verbal language, if you misspeak
a word in the course of a conversation, do you need to return to the beginning of the sentence to convey your meaning?
Despite the clear delineation--seen in most lexicons--writers and speakers of news regularly misspeak
when this particular artillery piece is mentioned.
In trying to deal with this, it is so easy to misspeak
, or give information that is somehow turned around on you.
Nuance's latest speech systems support HumanTouch capabilities such as discerning when the caller is speaking to the system rather than to a friend or family member; enabling callers to provide information in their own words; comprehending more information than what might be required; and easily allowing callers to back-up if they misspeak