Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad definitely got the villain treatment during his recent U.S. visit, but Mosaic asks whether it’s Americans he’s even talking to. After all, getting tough with Uncle Sam earns big points in the Middle East.
Figuring that public indignation over the Jack Abramoff scandal will soon dissipate, Republicans in Congress are dragging their feet on promised reform measures.
Unfortunately, this will probably work—because an indignant populace is sort of like a villain in a James Bond movie: We vow to stamp out a source of aggravation; we put the machinery in place for doing so; we flip the switch; and then we leave the room on the nave assumption that our plan is escape-proof.
It’d be funny if this weren’t, like, our government we’re talking about.