Donald Rumsfeld doubles down on the downplayer when he both uses the ‘so-called’ qualifier and marks the usage with tone when he characterizes President Obama’s role as Commander in Chief (video HERE):
The fact that the American people are confused, and the fact that the Congress seems uncertain, and the international community is not supportive, is a reflection of the fact that the so-called commander in chief has not been acting as a commander in chief
Downplayer? Check. Modus tonens? Check.Â Answers about whether the reasons for the Iraq invasion were worse or better than Obama’s reasons for Syria? Whoops.