What does Freedom Really Mean?
Statements such as, "Simply put, freedom is the absence of government coercion" and "The real test is not whether Iraq adopts a democratic, pro-western government, but rather whether ordinary Iraqis can lead their personal, religious, social, and business lives without interference from government" provide suasion that helps convince the reader of the soundness of his thoughts, leave alone their rightness.
His essay's conclusion, "Every politician on earth claims to support freedom. The problem is so few of them understand the simple meaning of the word" comes full circle in support of his sub-text, that words and language can themselves be appropriated, their meanings twisted, and become propaganda. The future that Orwell feared, even predicted, is here, and we are the unwitting dupes.