Wednesday, July 28, 2010

War as Comedy

The War in Afghanistan has reached that point of sublime ridiculousness at which only our comedians seem capable of commenting intelligently on the situation. Comedy Central, John Stewart no less, is the source of the commentary in question.

First, let's start with the Epic Afghan Police Hookah Smoking video, courtesy of a couple anonymous troopers of the 82nd Airborne, and released on Monday by Al Jazeera English.

OK, amusing introductory scene, but the Afghan Police look fairly alert and squared-away, their gear is neat and clean, and they appear to be in good spirits. The US sergeant offers no complaints about their performance once the shit drops in the pot. It's the part that comes after the initial humorous scene that's worrisome.

Now the Comedy Central video -

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Now do you see why I said this is the only intelligent commentary from anyone?

And it has been amusing to watch the White House thrashing around in response to the Wikileaks revelations. First, they accuse Wikileaks of endangering US soldiers. Then they say, it's no big deal, this is all old stuff. Well, if it's all old stuff, then how can it endanger anyone? Hello, contradict yourself much?

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