[lit-ideas] Re: The Onion - an alternative view of the news

  • From: Eric Yost <eyost1132@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 15 Oct 2006 16:03:45 -0400

Andy: In other words, ask the Chinese to do what the U.S. would have at one time done but no longer can do because we're so tied up in our underwear in Iraq.

Eric: No, the NK regime is a blackmail operation. We should keep to the six-party talks. If we talk to them ourselves we have to pay all the blackmail to them. Plus paying the blackmail didn't work in the past.

Andy: I wonder what would have happened if China had invaded Iraq instead of us doing it?

Eric: Barnett (sort of) talks about that: since the oil is for China and India, we could have done the invading part and China could have done the reconstruction part. Granted the Chinese would have been a million times more ruthless than we have been, but maybe just their reputation for ruthlessness would have stopped the insurgency before it happened.

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