Friday, August 15, 2008

Kang and Kodos explain politics

If you like your humor black, this past week has been hilarious, as U.S. officials and politicians have all solemnly declared their moral outrage at Russia for violating the territorial integrity of a sovereign nation, something U.S. leaders would never -- never -- think of doing.

Then again, as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Zalmay Khalilzad alluded to earlier this week, it's not military invasions per se that offend U.S. leaders (obviously), but invasions launched by other countries without the U.S.'s blessing -- especially ones that lead to images of scared white people showing up on CNN.

“The days of overthrowing leaders by military means in Europe — those days are gone," Khalilzad sternly declared with a straight face -- and without the help of a laugh track.

That said, since it's Friday -- and I'm fleeing D.C. to head to the beach -- I'll spare you the long-winded analysis of U.S. hypocrisy and leave you with this clip from the Simpsons, which helps explain the utterly silly and patently unserious nature of the American political system more succinctly than I ever could.

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