Friday, November 21, 2008


ronnie said...

Both great. The Onion piece actually made my jaw drop - especially the soldiers "ready for America's return to military aggression" a full 14 months before the invasion of Iraq. Did they really write something this prescient in 2001 as satire or are they impishly slipping it in now with a 2001 date attached?

Sherwood Harrington said...

"Democracy grows out of the barrel of a gun." Now that the neocon blogosphere has declared today (your time, tomorrow my time) "Victory in Iraq Day," I suppose they'll buy this whole, too.

Good stuff, Mike, thanks for pointing it out -- and, ronnie, I think you should bet on the "impish" choice.

Mike said...

Don't bet on imps. This is from the very non-impish Associated Press (And I've had the piece linked much longer, though not back to 2001):

By JAKE COYLE – Nov 2, 2008

NEW YORK (AP) — Days before the January 2001 inauguration of President Bush, the Onion ran a story headlined: "Bush: `Our Long National Nightmare of Peace and Prosperity Is Finally Over.'"

Writers at the satirical paper still speak reverentially of the story, in which Bush promises to take the country into a deep recession, worsen the environment and "end the severe war drought that plagued the nation under Clinton."

"Wow, was that prescient," marvels Joe Garden, the Onion's features editor.

Sherwood Harrington said...

Wow, that was prescient.

Dann said...

All I can offer is that it is going to be interesting...bordering on comical...watching the sides flip and hearing former protesters defend their "dear leader"¹ from "unpatriotic" criticism.


¹-Which is different from "our leader" only in perception, not personage.