Along a sunburnt dirt road, amid the obscure mountain stretches surrounding Kabul, lies a small rural Afghan town called Kharabagh. Situated atop a rocky, angled slope, the village now serves as an unofficial refugee haven for about 30 families. Formerly of the Jalrez district in the Wardak province of Central Afghanistan, these families fled their previous residence after a new U.S. military compound was erected adjacent to their village. The base, built in February, not only encroached on the village's cemetery and school but inevitably attracted Taliban gunfire and harassment. After suffering the burden of U.S.
Armando Iannucci’s new film In the Loop, a lampoon of the British-American deceptions and bureaucratic hell leading up to the Iraq War, has everything you’d expect out of a satire of its kind: convoluted debates on government informants, accidental intelligence leaks, aggressively silenced voices of dissent, and plenty of doublespeak.
P.J. O'Rourke, the libertarian political satirist, is famous for his hilarious -- though usually wrongheaded -- skewering of all things government-related. But these days, as President Barack Obama rolls out nearly $800 billion in stimulus spending and meddles with the financial sector, O'Rourke isn't joking when he says he's mad as hell.