They’re making a point I don’t think they mean to

The Onion: ‘Well, You Try To Reconstruct Iraq,’ Says U.S. Defensive Dept.

The Onion is funny. Very funny. They’re definitely Left-leaning, but still quite humorous. This article (which was pointed out by Hell In A Handbasket) works pretty hard to poke fun at a serious issue. Which is the whole point of satire. And the best satire is well-grounded in truth.

Like this one.

WASHINGTON, ‚ÄĚResponding to recent criticism of reconstruction efforts in Iraq, the U.S. Defensive Department released a statement to the public Monday suggesting that perhaps they could do better, since they’re obviously so smart. “Well, it looks like you American people have figured it all out, then,” the statement read in part. “There’s no need for the old government to do anything, because the citizens know just how to handle this whole reconstruction-of-Iraq thing. Well, go ahead! If it’s so simple, and if you’re so smart, then what’s stopping you? Come on.”

“Oh, gosh!” the statement continued. “Wait! It looks like Iraq is a whole big country! And it seems that someone just fought a war there, to oust a despotic regime! So, gee, this might take a while, huh?”


“In fact, I’ll pay for it!” said Pettibone, extending his wallet toward the assembled press corps. “Here! Here’s, let’s see, $49. Go ahead! Rebuild the infrastructure! Find the weapons of mass destruction! Keep the peace! What? This $49 isn’t enough? Do you wish you had, say, about $87 billion to use right now? Well, well, well. How quickly things change.”


Pettibone muttered that members of the Bush Administration happen to have a little bit of experience in matters of foreign policy.

“Those working on the reconstruction effort are not just a bunch of idiots,” Pettibone said. “Many have studied Mideast policy for decades. They have extensive experience serving under past presidents. What have you done? You read an article in U.S. News & World Report!”

And the article points out that a lot of the critics don’t even vote. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Some days it’s hard to tell the difference between satire and reality.