Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Team America World Police Part 2?

America!!! (F*CK YEA!!!)
Comin' again to save the motherf*ckin day yeah!
America!!! (F*CK YEAH!!!)
Freedom is the only way way yeah!
Terrorists your game is through
Cause now you have to answer to...
America!!! (F*CK YEAH!!!)

So today as I wake up and attempt my morning routine before I head out to the gig, in my half-sleepy state I hear the news commentator say something about the President flying into North Korea and saving the two captive journalists, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, from the evil clutches of North Korea's Kim Jong-iL. Again, I'm not exactly awake upon hearing this rescue news so before I glance over at the TV my sleepy brain is inundated with imagery of a wobble-headed Obama puppet running over and smacking a big wobble-headed Kim Jong-iL puppet with the aforementioned "America" theme music playing in the background as pyrotechnic explosions light up all around the fight scene for dramatic effect.

I manage to shake off my morning grogginess and actually look at the TV screen but when I do I have to do a double take and almost spit out my orange juice: is that President Clinton? As in former President Clinton? As in 1990's President Clinton? What the...? What is President, I mean, former President Clinton doing running covert black op missions into North Korea on some straight up Iron Eagle type mess?

I figure I must be hearing things, grab my client files, and run out the door to the office late for work (again). When I get to work I see it again on the news - there he is, President Bill Clinton, standing next to former Vice President Al Gore looking like the A-Team or something.

I mean, don't get me wrong, I'm glad Ms. Lee and Ms. Ling are back home in the United States with their families, and I did think that their sentence of 12 years for crossing the North Korean boarder while reporting on a story was beyond ridiculous, but I find myself scratching my head as to why a former president of the United States is doing this (as opposed to, I dunno...maybe the Secretary of State who's job it is to deal with foreign leaders). But I suppose if either Obama or Hillary Clinton, or any other member of the Obama Administration cabinet were to have done what Bill Clinton just did, there would be hell to pay since the United States is not supposed to be "officially" talking to North Korea.

Nonetheless, even though this was an "unofficial" meeting by the United States, had North Korea tried to pull a fast one here or messed around and did anything to harm Bill, this could have gotten ugly for America. Real ugly.

Any thoughts on the Team America World Police rescue mission?
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