Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Dolchstosslegende, new and improved

(Above: "Obviously, Iraq would be going well if not for those damn Democrats is Congress and their cutlery")

This cartoon is insidiously creepy, given the origins of the heinous "stab in the back" myth. Background here (in case you missed it in history class), and analysis on the American tradition of invoking the legend and its current use here.

And in case you think that cartoon above is just an aberration from some cartoonist, you have not been paying attention. This is just one tree in a vast forest of scapegoating that began almost as soon as the war did.

Brace yourselves, because it is only going to get louder and more obnoxious as the architects and cheerleaders for this disaster of a war ramp up the blame game.

"No more needs to be said about the motives of liberals.” - K. Rove

(via Kleiman via Yglesias via Atrios).


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