Sunday, January 28, 2007

Alternate Reality

Many moons ago the DC comics universe was an infinite set of earths each containing an alternate reality of certain sets of heroes. Here is the short version: Earth-1 contained the modern version of superheroes, Earth-2 the WWII era heroes and their progeny, Earth-S were the old Fawcett heroes like the Marvel Family and Bulletman, and Earth-X was an alternate reality in which Germany won WWII, and so on.
This multi-reality is where I think some out news is coming from. I have to believe this or else I have to reconcile that some very powerful people in our government and media are just bat-shit crazy. For example we have the transcript of Newsweek's January 25 th interview with Earth-WTF's Dick Cheney:
CHENEY: My sense of it is that what’s happened here now over the last few weeks is that the president has shored up his position with the speech he made a couple of weeks ago, specifically on Iraq. And I think the speech, frankly Tuesday night, the State of the Union address was one of his best. I think there’s been a very positive reaction of people who saw the speech. And I think to some extent that’s helped shore us up inside the party on the Hill.
Then their Earth-WTF's other resident Bill Kristol, who a friend of mine insists is a brilliant man. My question is if "War Whore" Kristol is so brilliant why does he spend a disproportionate amount of time saying things so amazingly stupid.
KRISTOL: They’re playing — they’re leap-frogging each other in the degrees of irresponsibility they’re willing to advocate. And I really think people are being too sort of complacent and forgiving almost of the Democrats. ‘Oh, it’s politics, of course. One of them has a non-binding resolution. The other has a cap.’ It’s all totally irresponsible. It’s just unbelievable. The president is sending over a new commander, he’s sending over troops, and the Democratic Congress, in a pseudo-binding way or non-binding way, is saying, ‘It won’t work. Forget it. You troops, you’re going over there in a pointless mission. Iraqis who might side with us, forget it, we’re going to pull the plug.’ It’s so irresponsible that they can’t be quiet for six or nine months and say the president has made a decision, we’re not going to change that decision, we’re not going to cut off funds and insist on the troops coming back, so let’s give it a chance to work. You really wonder, do they want it to work or not? I really wonder that. I hate to say this about the Democrats. They’re people I know personally and I respect some of them. Do they want it to succeed or not?
Is there a way of sending them back to whatever lunatic universe these two think they are living in?


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