To me, it sounds as if the writer is a con artist (a dishonest person who fools other people). He seems to be talking about his past, which involved dressing up and going out to eat at an expensive restaurant. After the meal was completed, he announced that he had no money to pay the bill. The restaurant then called the police and they took him away for "theft".Originally Posted by Joe
Yes it does. When one adds "anything", it makes the denial a bit stronger.2) ...but the US officials denied the move had to do with alleged mistreatment of prisoners.
Does "had to do with" account to "had anything to do with" here?
That sentence could be helped by better punctuation.3) "We need as Americans to be a bright, shining light for the treatment of prisoners, " he said. ("Otherwise, we have no right to ask that of our adversaries.")
I don't quite understand the "need as Americans to be" structure. Could you explain it or the sentence, please?
We need, as Americans, to be a bright, shining light for the treatment of prisoners, " he said.
The phrase "as Americans" is used to highlight a particular aspect of "we". In this case it means We (because we are Americans) need to...