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May 17, 2007

Freedom Gibberish


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I have heard a million excuses for why the US should have invaded Iraq, and a million reasons why the US needs to stay in Iraq, each excuse more fictional and insulting than the last. One of these was the “Pottery Barn rule”*, which Colin Powell allegedly told to President Bush: “you break it you bought it”, implying that if the US invaded Iraq, the country would become the US’ responsibility. And since we did invade, the US was now responsible for the plight of the Iraqi people, and we couldn’t leave until we put it all right.

On a recent episode of the Colbert Report, comedian Stephen Colbert comes up with his own, more accurate version of the Pottery Barn rule:

“At Pottery Barn, if you knock over a lamp, you have to glue it back together, even if when your done it looks terrible and it doesn’t work. Oh, and you have to stay in the store forever. Oh, and it’s an exploding lamp.”

[via Crooks and Liars]


*Of course, it should be noted that Pottery Barn does not actually have this policy.

Posted by Jake on May 17, 2007 10:36 pm

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