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It’s Not My Fault!

When I saw the report about the Shrubbery’s VFW speech I knew I had to comment. I hopped over irony, skipped passed parody, jumped beyond satire, sidestepped sarcasm and went directly into Number 7 mode. This was so wrong I knew I had to go with it. I figured that some would perceive this as a stainless steel colander moment and a hyperbolic exercise in hate of the Hedgemony. So be it, it was too good to miss and I got to haul out some terrifically bad moves by the very annoying people who thought they knew what was best for “the people¹.”

Imagine my dismay when this morning I stopped by Dr. Cole’s place and read: Military Coup Planned for Iraq?

A rumor is circulating among well-connected and formerly high-level Iraqi bureaucrats in exile in places like Damascus that a military coup is being prepared for Iraq. I received the following from a reliable, knowledgeable contact. There is no certitude that this plan can or will be implemented. That it is being discussed at high levels seems highly likely.

Every bad idea ever tried is apparently going to get another opportunity to fail in the final 515 days of these lunatics, and I want it clearly understood that I didn’t suggest this. I was kidding, not advocating a policy.

It’s Not My Fault!

1. In his book, Interesting Times, Terry Pratchett notes that no one ever bothers to ask “the people” what they want.


1 hipparchia { 08.23.07 at 11:11 pm }

wicked tengu faulted.

of course it’s your fault, dude. everybody knows terrorists are communicating their evil plans in code via the internet.

2 Bryan { 08.24.07 at 12:03 am }

What I don’t understand is that bin Laden is supposed to be living in a cave, but he’s apparently got complete hospital facilities, a media recording studio, and broadband Internet. This cave sounds like it has more conveniences than Snoopy’s dog house.

Is Robin Leech going to stop by for a tour?

3 Steve Bates { 08.24.07 at 12:25 am }

“… but he’s apparently got complete hospital facilities, a media recording studio, ,,,” – Bryan

It sounds a bit like Moriarty’s hideout in the old Rathbone movies of Sherlock Holmes, a veritable home-away-from-home for the brilliant scoundrel. Holmes eventually shoved Moriarty over Reichenbach Falls (along with himself, or not, depending on which version of the story you choose to believe). I’ll bet bin Laden is luckier than that.

It’s not your fault, Bryan. But neither is it bin Laden’s. That man has much to answer for, but the Bush administration’s resemblance to, and exceeding of, even the most carefully crafted satire is not bin Laden’s fault. All of us must hide our faces in shame at Bush’s folly.

(I’ve really fallen behind in my reading of Pratchett. I’m afraid Interesting Times is about a dozen Discworld books down the road.)

(Aside to Anya: today I broke my ancient plastic colander; after 25+ years, the plastic became too brittle and fragile to withstand normal use. I’m thinking of shelling out the bucks for a stainless steel replacement, because unlike the plastic one, it can do double duty in the manner of the one your avatar wears. And goodness knows we all need something more than a tinfoil hat…)

4 Bryan { 08.24.07 at 4:01 pm }

The tinfoil hat/colander market has faced major setbacks since these people came to power.

5 hipparchia { 08.24.07 at 8:50 pm }

i loved my wire mesh colander, but the wire finally pulled away from the rim in enough places that i was no longer able use it without drawing blood. i wish i’d known back then, when i replaced that one with a plastic one, that i was eventually going to need to upgrade my armor.

robin leech might actually find bin laden.

6 Bryan { 08.24.07 at 9:05 pm }

Hell, they probably order from the same catalogs. Bin Laden is a multi-millionaire, so, you know he isn’t eating ramen.

7 hipparchia { 08.25.07 at 1:41 am }

oh great. now they’re going to widen their data-mining efforts to include ll bean and laura ashley and pottery barn customer databases.