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Please Hammer, don't help us

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If MC Hammer can help save our troops with his new video, "Bring Our Brothers Home," why should I quibble?

Well, because it's deeply dishonest.

Still, I agree with the chorus, which is actually pretty catchy:

Bring 'em home

Bring our brothers home

Too much dying

They've been gone too long

People crying

That this war is wrong

Right or wrong, it's time to come

Also, the endless montage of war footage and flagged-draped caskets is quite moving. How could it not be?

Unfortunately, Hammer has been Hannitized for our mutually assured destruction.

The Bush-love and revisionist (previsionist?) narrative is stunning.

Man it must be hard

With all the things you're going through

Got the world on your shoulders

Everybody watching you

Keep us all safe

And out the same mouth we hate you

Poor, poor pitiful Pres. Everyone hates him, and with him doing such a good job and all.

I voted for you

And 'til this day I don't regret it

When the funk popped off

You were there in a second

Showed them what it is

Taught them cowards a lesson

If they want to go to war

GW get at 'em

Once he finished reading "The Pet Goat," GW got at 'em in Afghanistan, until he was distracted by a shiny object. MC, is that the war you want us to pull out of?

You did what we needed

In our darkest hour

While our peoples was dyin'

In them burning twin towers

Never before have we seen it like this

The enemies we looking for

Was living in our midst

So we brought it to 'em

And we hit 'em where it hurts

Stuck they heads in the sand and knocked they dicks in the dirt

They know what it is, sir,

Job well done

Now pick up the phone and tell our boys

Come on home.

The highlight of this schizophrenic propaganda piece is the juxtaposition of the toppling of the Saddam statue with the lyric "we hit 'em where it hurts."

This kind of bald-faced deceit will get us fresh battle footage — from Tehran, with consequences that even Hammer won't be able to bail us out of.

Just so you know, MC, Bush's Operation Wee Willie Keeler hit 'em where they ain't.

REPORTER: What did Iraq have to do with that?

BUSH: What did Iraq have to do with what?

REPORTER: The attacks upon the World Trade Center.

BUSH: Nothing.

So, do I really turn my nose up at Stanley's help?

No and yes. As The New Republic suggests, maybe this is "a cultural tipping point" against the war, which is a good thing.

But if we paint over The Decider's sins and the irrationality of this war, we become that much more so a superpower that's dangerously detached from the truth. If that doesn't scare you, what does?

Let's quit this war, but let's be legit, too.

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