Friday, January 30, 2009


Meet the new flunkies

...same as the old flunkies. I'm sitting here listening to a discussion on Al Jazeera involving Jeremy Corbyn, veteran peace campaigner in the U.K., a woman from Jordan I don't know, and Ann Somerset, a spokesperson for the U.S. State Department. They've been talking about Iraq and Gaza (mostly). Response after response the woman from the State Department could have been replaced by Dana Perino, or Torie Clarke, or any of the series of Bush-era spokespeople/apologists, without the slightest difference (even down to, I hate to say it for fear of sounding sexist, the perky blonde facade).

I just used the term "Bush-era," but in foreign policy at least, there's little doubt that era continues down the road, albeit in a slightly different gear.

Update: Actually, come to think of it, it's probably the same gear. Just a different station on the radio. Although, as this post illustrates, it's a different station playing the same song.

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