I think I’ve figured out Trump’s strategy: he is going to be such a jackass that nothing he does carries the ability to shock anyone, anymore. Once he hits zero credibility, he has nothing left to lose.


President Trump said Wednesday that it would be “easy” for the United States to form new alliances if Syrian Kurds leave the fight against the Islamic State to fend off a Turkish attack, noting that “they didn’t help us in the Second World War, they didn’t help us in Normandy” and were only interested in fighting for “their land.”

It’s a shame that journalists are too cowed by their fear of losing access, to just snap that jackass short:

Your new Turkish buddies did a great job of killing 250,000 Britons, Australians, and New Zealanders in WWI. Maybe you can find someone who survived Souvla Bay to sing “Waltzing Matilda”, cadet “bone spurs.”

“Forward, into the machine-guns!” Winston Churchill’s strategic genius in WWI, at Gallipoli

The Kurds didn’t help at Normandy. Holy shit, why weren’t they at Pearl Harbor?

My mind is completely boggled; none of this makes any sense at all. We are in one of the episodes of Star Trek where the Enterprise flies through a tear in warp-space and winds up in a universe scripted by Alfred Jarry.

Ubu, Hero!


  1. StevoR says

    PS. Gallipoli? Waltzing Mathilda? This song instantly springs to mind, this story :


    Plus this poem :


    As for the Kurds not being in WW II, well, see :


    The Kurds DID help us win World War 2. First as part of the counter-offensive to the Nazi-backed Iraqi coup of 1941. Later, some served in Albania, Italy and Greece.

    Meanwhile Fred Trump apparently never got drafted

    – Zeddy. (Twitter via Dauilty Kos I think?)

    Guess Trump’s father was too busy with his KKK activities maybe?

  2. says

    This song instantly springs to mind, this story :

    I heard that song in high school, at Balticon in 1975 (sung by Clam Chowder). When I recovered, I was a peacenik.

  3. says

    I first heard that song, performed by The Pogues, in a local head shop New Age gift emporium; although I didn’t stay long enough to find out what it was called or (be certain) who performed it. The next time I heard it again was 1994, while working on a campsite in the South of France; another person working there had brought a Pogues cassette with him.

    Eric Bogle also wrote “No Man’s Land”, aka “Green Fields of France”. Worth a listen, especially if you like “collecting” different artists’ interpretations of the same song …..

    And, yeah, it seems politicians in both the USA and UK are determined to go full on surreal.

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