May 7, 2012
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This is everybody’s problem in modern America. Smart plus insanely complicated equals splat. Right now in some think tank or Pentagon office there’s a guy drawing up a classified paper about how’d it be cool if we just swapped out the government of Iran with a bunch of friends of ours. The fact that this involves a nation of millions of citizens, a pile of squabbling political factions, and the entire violent, baffling balance of power in the Mideast doesn’t bother the guy. No, no, see, because he’s smart and he’s got a plan. Wait, the Capitol’s on fire now? Oh, crap, shoulda carried the one!

Shoulda carried the goddamn one. That’s the story of US foreign policy right there.

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"Gorden Freeman", on the 2012 election (Paul Bibeau, at Goblinbooks)

Read the whole thing. I don’t know whether to laugh, cheer, or cringe.

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