About a week and a half ago. post-General Petraeus' dizzying dervish-work at those tables in the Senate and House, I cited the GOP's (and in spite of Petraeus' so-called independence as a member of the military, he has been little more than a GOP operative—a Hannity—albeit with actual courage, in olive drab.) laughable, delusional spin on what's going on—or rather, not going on in the desert idyll that is Iraq.
The shill that came to mind for me, was the “happy-talkiing” ROTC'er “Chip Diller” from National Lampoon's Animal House. Kevin Bacon's character standing there as the whole downtown began to come apart around him, at first smiling, reassuringly saying “All is well”, and then, when the smoke-bombs went off, and floats split apart, revealing hell-spawned “Deathmobiles”, and pirates with swords swung 'cross main street, he stamped his feet and squealed “ALL IS WELL! ALL IS WELL!” at the top of his lungs.
I saw that uniform, and I saw David Petraeus. A callow mouthpiece for his frat-boy bosses.
And then, mere days after his rose-colored, coke bottle-viewed analysis and report, I get a CNN headline reading:
“24 die in Iraq peace meeting blast”
“24 DIE IN IRAQ PEACE MEETING BLAST” ?!
What the fuck do you say behind that sort of shovel-to-the-back-of-the-head irony?
Nothing. Words can't do it.
You have to laugh. To keep from crying. I watched Animal House this weekend. Checked out a little SCTV, too. Chip Diller screaming. Joe Flaherty howling “The irony! The irony, man!”
And it was a ”Reese's Peanut Butter Cup“ moment.
“You got your Animal House in my SCTV! Well your SCTV is in my Animal House!”
So, without any further ado, O', YouTube fiends...
“All Is Well” with “Chip” Petraeus