How grotesque that the anti-abortion movement is using his crimes as a pretext to make those cracks even wider.
There is the critical difference that in this case the U.S. administration is not looking for a pretext to go to war.
On February 25, under the pretext of transcending messy politics, Obama will plunge into the stink with intensified vigor.
1510s, from French prétexte, from Latin praetextum "a pretext, outward display," noun use of neuter past participle of praetexere "to disguise, cover," literally "weave in front" (for sense, cf. pull the wool over (someone's) eyes); from prae- "in front" (see pre-) + texere "to weave," from PIE root *tek- "make" (see texture (n.)).