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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Onion: "This Will Not Be Another 1456 Siege of Belgrade"

President Obama's repeated insistence that action in Syria will not lead to another Iraq or Afghanistan spurs The Onion to another great story: "Obama Assures Americans This Will Not Be Another 1456 Ottoman Siege Of Belgrade."

And a good thing, too, unless we're on the Hungarian rather than the Ottoman side. I'm glad I'm not the only one in this country who knows who John Hunyadi was.

1 comment:

james chen said...

I don't understand why Obama was using the 1456 siege of Belgrade as an example. I can postulate several possibilities to explain it. However, none of them suggests that his mentality is appropriate.