March 26, 2003

The Onion Brightens My Day

The Onion continues to swing for the fences, and occasionally hits one out of the park. Patrick Nielsen Hayden comments on their latest home run:

Actually, what you can count on is that the deadliest thing in any given issue of the Onion will be one of the sidebar headlines that don't actually link to a story. In this case: "New Bomb Capable Of Creating 1,500 New Terrorists In Single Blast."

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I kinda liked the U.S. to create its own UN piece myself. The Onion is in particularly good form this week.

Posted by: achilles on March 26, 2003 07:54 PM

If you haven't heard it, the reworking of one of Bush's speeches by British comedy genius Chris Morris at is well worth a listen.

Posted by: neville on March 27, 2003 12:23 AM

The print edition of the Onion runs small paragraph stories with those sidebar headlines... Yet another reason to live in the Midwest.

Posted by: Thumper on March 27, 2003 08:46 AM

Thank you neville, I had been looking for that one without success.

Posted by: Jean-Philippe Stijns on March 27, 2003 09:03 AM

You would think this is coming from the Onion:

"Army Depots in Iraqi Desert Have Names of Oil Giants"

... but no, it's from the NYT:

When will the Stars and Strips be floating on Baghdad?

Posted by: Jean-Philippe Stijns on March 27, 2003 11:40 AM

More concessions to Iraqi national feeling:

U.S. Informally Renames Airport for Bush
Associated Press Writer

TALLIL AIRFIELD, Southern Iraq (AP)--The first U.S. airplane landed Thursday at a key Iraqi airfield, which forces informally renamed ``Bush International Airport.''

The captured airfield is expected to be a major resupply base and transport hub for American forces.

A C-130 transport plane glided down onto a 12,000-foot runway newly cleared of concrete blocks, wrecked vehicles and other barriers placed on the strip by the Iraqi military to prevent its use.

A hastily erected sign at the airfield's entrance read ``Bush International Airport'' for the U.S. president.

The sprawling base is located four miles from Nasiriyah where U.S. Marines are trying to root out resistance by groups loyal to Saddam Hussein's regime, such as the Fedayeen militia.

Posted by: Dave Larson on March 27, 2003 12:22 PM

Yep, then you wonder why this is happening:

I am listening to The UN Security Council emergency session on Iraq right now on NPR. More than 76 general assembly members have asked to speak today against coalition aggression. I learned from one speaker that our military has set up "freedom camps" on the Iraq borders for refugees to go to. They are empty.

Yep, that's right, "freedom camps."

Posted by: Jean-Philippe Stijns on March 27, 2003 12:37 PM

Where was our intlligence complex in analyzing an Iraqi response to an attack?

Posted by: jay on March 27, 2003 01:17 PM

"Where was our intlligence complex in analyzing an Iraqi response to an attack?"

The administration kept telling the analysts "wrong answer," until they got the answer they were looking for. That's the problem when you put MBA-types in charge. They somehow believe that if they can get you to "commit" to their way of thinking, that they've won. That might not work so well when analyzing intelligence--"reality" eventually gets in the way.

Posted by: Peter MacLeod on March 27, 2003 02:02 PM
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