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January 12, 2007

1984: Nightmarish Dystopian Fiction, Or Useful Handbook For Governance?

Chris Floyd spotted this in an AP story. It turns out that, according to a prominent Republican congressman, we're now playing the role of the Soviet Union in Afghanistan:

"Just as the Soviet defeat in Afghanistan emboldened and enlarged al-Qaida, just as our withdrawal from Somalia encouraged them to go find more targets, our defeat in Iraq would expand the numbers of terrorists and embolden them to seek new strategic targets," said Rep. Mac Thornberry of Texas, a Republican member of the House Armed Services Committee.

Sweet! I for one am quite proud of our eternal alliance with the community-minded secularists of Eurasia.

Anyway, I assume Rep. Thornberry's next step will be to refer to us as "an Evil Empire."

(And Chris has more to say, here.)

Posted at January 12, 2007 04:57 PM | TrackBack

Olbermann's great talk about Bush's speech had a good reference to that part of 1984. Sure you've seen it.

Posted by: Colin at January 12, 2007 05:04 PM

It's absolutely astounding how stupid and unqualified the members of our House of Representatives are, on the whole.

Posted by: Guest at January 12, 2007 09:54 PM

Sweet! I for one are quite proud of our eternal alliance with the community-minded secularists of Eurasia.

You am?

Posted by: Chance at January 13, 2007 07:07 PM

it's not just 1984 though.

it's a weird mashup of 1984 with catch-22.

tallk about a surreal mix

Posted by: almostinfamous at January 14, 2007 11:07 AM

There you go again, calling the ones responsible for this "stupid". Like this whole thing is a big misunderstanding... You know? Our retarded president made some wrong decisions...

Bullshit. These people aren't stupid. They are FASCIST. Beligerant Racism. They see it as their (white fascist christian) God give right to piss and slaughter on the weak people to gain profit.

Do you think they CARE about history, beyond the point of *image*? If you get all this people drunk and loosen their tongue, all will start to justify in painful details things slavery and natives holocaust (sorry, jews, you don't hold a monopoly on holocausts) because, doh, we made profits and build a country...

I've met they types and they are all the same. It's not stupidity, is malevolence.

Posted by: at January 16, 2007 05:21 AM

This al-Qaida that got all emboldened when the Soviets packed up and left (because the Mothers got pissed, remember?), is this the same one created, supported and financed by the American CIA?

Hmm, kind of muddies things up a bit, yes?

Like "Can't win for losing?"

Posted by: farang at January 17, 2007 09:25 AM