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June 21, 2007

Incredibly Enough, There's Something Even Worse

On Tuesday Frontline ran a new documentary on Iraq called Endgame. In it they interviewed Frederick Kagan, the think tank guy who came up with the idea of the "surge." As explained below, Kagan earnestly tells us Iraq has been a catastrophe in part because "opposition to the war has not been constructive." Yes: as I've always suspected, this is our fault.

Yet as hilarious and horrifying as that is, another part of the Kagan interview is more hilarious and horrifying still. When watching this, see if you can help cringing in shame on Kagan's behalf, and cringing in terror for the rest of us—living as we do in a world run by eight year-old boys:

NARRATOR: Well known military scholars were brought to Camp David from Washington think tanks.

KAGAN: It was a very cool experience. They flew me up on a Chinook, which is in itself a cool experience, to fly along the Potomac like that. Honestly I went there just eager to have the opportunity to lay a plan before the president to say let us, you know, seize hold of this opportunity.

Posted at June 21, 2007 09:43 AM | TrackBack

If you boil enough cats, they let you fly in a cool warplane!

Posted by: StO at June 21, 2007 11:19 AM

One of the MENTAL giants of our time.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at June 21, 2007 11:34 AM

Between the Kagans' war games and the neocons' Jack Bauer fixation, we are being well and truly fucked by the Little Rascals. (John Podhoretz is Spanky.)

Posted by: slim at June 21, 2007 01:27 PM

> One of the MENTAL giants of our time.
A giant mentalist, indeed. Just look at those gigantic muscles round his neck required to support the sheer density inside his skull.

Posted by: me at June 22, 2007 09:02 AM