Thursday, November 30, 2006

Is it nice? 

So it seems there's some pushback against the Borat juggernaut...from George Saunders. Have you read his piece "'Borat': The Memo" in this week's New Yorker? If so, what do you think?

[Note: This is not a post about the New Yorker sucking. We know that. This is a post about "'Borat': The Memo."]

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Out, damned spot! Out, I say! 

Here's the smell of the blood still: all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand.

...who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?

-- Lady Macbeth

So the troglodyte class is taking a long hard sideways glance at Old Man Iraq, wondering where all this blood came from, and dimly suspecting it might have some on its hands, begins the psychological death spiral. Thomas Ricks has a new article cataloguing the latest trend of "leaders" blaming the Iraqis for the ongoing atrocity that is Iraq.

From troops on the ground to members of Congress, Americans increasingly blame the continuing violence and destruction in Iraq on the people most affected by it: the Iraqis.

Even Democrats who have criticized the Bush administration's conduct of the occupation say the people and government of Iraq are not doing enough to rebuild their society. The White House is putting pressure on the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, and members of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group have debated how much to blame Iraqis for not performing civic duties.

It goes on in this vein with plenty of bipartisan quotes blaming Iraqis and a final three paragraphs edging toward something that looks vaguely like a reality in which the rest of the world lives. An Iraq expert and advisor to the Iraq Study Group manages the most accurate and most idiotic statement of the piece:

Phebe Marr... calculates that because of policy missteps and other errors, the United States bears about 60 percent of the blame.

Sixty percent! I immediately turned to the Science section of the paper hoping to see the story about the Nobel-worthy researchers who had managed to isolate and quantify a unit of Blame, but I was disappointed. But sixty percent! It sounds so plausible and authoritative, it must be true!

Holiday Season is upon us and everyone who is anticipating long dinner-table discussions with disagreeable relatives has to figure out how they're going to save face.

For those of you who don't know: "saving face" is an exotic concept, originating in Asia (East), which leads weird Asian people to do things like kill or exile themselves when they are "dishonored". Fortunately we in the West live in an advanced and superior culture and have thus dispensed with silly archaic things like "honor", "dignity", and "responsibility", concepts only comprehensible to the Inscrutable Asian Mind.

No longer in possession of these concepts, we in the West "save face" by avoiding responsibility at all costs and completely debasing ourselves in an orgy of denial. Preferably one would do this with a good deal of sanctimony and ersatz pity for those one is blaming. This process enables us to continue on with the important work of destroying humanity unencumbered with "guilt" or "shame", which really slow the work down and could lead to a spiritual "quagmire". "Quagmires" are very horrible things and are to be avoided at all costs, except in cases where they are easily predicted by anyone, in which case they should be rushed into immediately.

The rest of the world is left to look on and make its own assessments of the situation. Not having access to Iraq Experts like Phebe Marr, they will be left to blindly cast about for some framework with which to understand this crazy and complicated world. Perhaps in their desperation, they will turn to some precedent, some way to grasp this confusing reality by way of analogy. Maybe they will even be so distraught as to consult the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg which called the waging of aggressive war:

...essentially an evil thing...to initiate a war of aggression...is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.



In case you missed this yesterday, from the Hill:

At a private reception held at the White House with newly elected lawmakers shortly after the election, Bush asked Webb how his son, a Marine lance corporal serving in Iraq, was doing. Webb responded that he really wanted to see his son brought back home, said a person who heard about the exchange from Webb.

“I didn’t ask you that, I asked how he’s doing,” Bush retorted, according to the source. Webb confessed that he was so angered by this that he was tempted to slug the commander-in-chief, reported the source, but of course didn’t. It’s safe to say, however, that Bush and Webb won’t be taking any overseas trips together anytime soon.

“Jim did have a conversation with Bush at that dinner,” said Webb’s spokeswoman Kristian Denny Todd. “Basically, he asked about Jim’s son, Jim expressed the fact that he wanted to have him home.” Todd did not want to escalate matters by commenting on Bush’s response, saying, “It was a private conversation.”

According to Sam Seder this morning, Bush's retort was "I didn't ask you that, I asked you how your boy was doing"; and Webb retorted, "That's between me and my boy."

God, what an asshole. I'm SO glad Webb is in the Senate. And Tester. And McCaskill. And Casey.

Sunday, November 26, 2006


Attention Americans:

Just in time for the Christmas shopping season, the people who are in charge of what you think have released the latest version of Tha Nigga Ya Love Ta Hate.

This will be the last release of the calendar year. So if you rush now, you can step out ahead of the pack and be the first in your area to fear and hate Tha Nigga!

Please remember to forget the previous version of TNYLTH. Be sure to adjust your watercooler and dinnertable conversations accordingly to avoid embarrassment and get maximum use out of your new Nigga!


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