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The Age of Dark Lampoonery

I mentioned in a previous post that we have left The Age of Irony and have now embarked on The Age of Dark Lampoonery.

Say what you want about BushCo's assertion that "We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality," it sure seems to be increasingly confirmed.

In honor of this new historical era I would like to record examples of this new reality. This post will be ongoing, and I expect it will grow very fast.

I'll kick it off with this glowing example from today:

  • Bush Gives $20 Million Directly to Palestinians

  • WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush on Wednesday resumed direct assistance to the Palestinian Authority as part of a renewed push for peace following the death of long-time leader Yasser Arafat.

    But the White House imposed restrictions on the $20 million in direct aid approved by Bush: the authority will use it to pay Palestinian utility bills owed to Israeli companies.

Let the examples commence!

  • Russia's Putin Calls U.S. Policy 'Dictatorial'

  • "Even if dictatorship is packaged in beautiful pseudo-democratic phraseology, it will not be able to solve systemic problems," Putin said. "It may even make them worse."

  • Powell: 'Fraud and abuse' in Ukraine vote

  • "We have been following developments very closely and are deeply disturbed by the extensive and credible reports of fraud in the election," he [Colin Powell] added. "We call for a full review of the conduct of the election and the tallying of election results."

    Powell said it is "still not too late" for the Ukrainian government to remedy the situation. He warned that the world is watching and urged it to "seize the moment."

  • U.S.: 'Time for Syria to withdraw its forces'

  • BEIRUT: U.S. Deputy Under-Secretary of State David Satterfield said the presence of a foreign army in another sovereign country was something that could no longer be tolerated.

    Speaking during a talk show broadcast Sunday night by the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International station (LBCI), Satterfield said the time for such an occupation "was a thing of the past."