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May 11, 2008
By: Kevin Drum

QUOTE OF THE DAY....From Hilzoy, commenting on which foreign regimes John McCain thinks it's respectable to lobby for and which ones he doesn't:

"So Ukraine is too much, but Burma is OK?"

Come on. Everyone has fond memories of those old Burma Shave signs, don't they?

Kevin Drum 3:50 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (16)

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Ukraine is
Beyond the pale,
But Myanmar is
Another tale.

Burma Shave.

Posted by: Davis X. Machina on May 11, 2008 at 3:57 PM | PERMALINK

Burma was okay for Bush when his 2000 campaign had apparel made in Burma. Burma was okay for Condi Rice when she was a director for Chevron-Texaco. It was also okay for John Ashcroft when he filed a friend of the court brief defending the use of slave labor to build Unocal's pipeline in Burma. Chevron-Texaco now operates that pipeline. And they do so free from any sanctions. Wouldn't want to hurt Chevron-Texaco's profit margins, would we?

Can anyone name a time when Republicans didn't think it was okay to do business with Burma? Yeah, we've placed sanctions on the gem trade, but that's just a cruel joke. Most Burmese gemstones are smuggled already. They aren't really subject to legal sanctions because they are a mostly illegal business.

Posted by: fostert on May 11, 2008 at 4:12 PM | PERMALINK

Any day now, I expect to see signs by the highway, spouting doggerel to solicit donations for the victims of the cyclone in Myanmar.

They'll call it "Burma Save"...

Posted by: Cap'n Phealy on May 11, 2008 at 4:28 PM | PERMALINK

Along the lines of IOKIYAR, what if the Dem candidate was one of a cohort called "The Keating Five"? The GOP machine would never let us forget that fact.

Posted by: Hedley Lamarr on May 11, 2008 at 4:51 PM | PERMALINK

Hurry up

Dont Delay

Shave Your Mug

With Oil From Malay

Posted by: Jet on May 11, 2008 at 8:23 PM | PERMALINK

Perhaps the problem is that McCain still thinks of Burma Shave whenever he hears "Burma." Great war flick with Errol Flynn, too, which he probably saw when he was in his 20s.

Posted by: Hemlock for Gadflies on May 11, 2008 at 8:51 PM | PERMALINK

WOW - so many comments. Perhaps the reason is that anyone younger than Kevin probably never saw Burma Shave signs along the road.

Posted by: bob in fla on May 11, 2008 at 9:00 PM | PERMALINK

Old John McCain,

He Isn't Snobby,

He Doesn't Care

For Whom You Lobby

Burma Shave!

Posted by: biggerbox on May 12, 2008 at 12:08 AM | PERMALINK


I clicked on quickly to leave my take in classic Burma Shave-eese only to find that the fiendishly clever ones here had the situation well in hand already.

Posted by: keith g on May 12, 2008 at 12:36 AM | PERMALINK

To celebrate
Eight years' misrule
Let's elevate
Another fool

Burma McShave

Posted by: thersites on May 12, 2008 at 2:08 AM | PERMALINK

Last time I checked, people in Ukraine were WHITE. Of COURSE they're ok.

Posted by: Pat on May 12, 2008 at 6:54 AM | PERMALINK

I really do think sensible people need to call Republicans more on their variable attitude to tyranny. They claim to be against tyranny, but in actually they tend to support tyrants who can help us out in some way and oppose tyrants who they perceive as being opposed to our national interest. Consequently, the inductive argument is fairly strong that it's not tyranny they oppose at all, but, rather, thwarting our narrow national interest. Their moral posturing is, well, just that.

I don't understand why liberals aren't basically starting every conversation about foreign policy by pointing this out.

Posted by: Winston Smith on May 12, 2008 at 1:12 PM | PERMALINK

The path to wealth,
The road to riches,
Is flacking for
our sons of bitches.

Burma McShave.

Posted by: Davis X. Machina on May 12, 2008 at 2:44 PM | PERMALINK

Driving on

Posted by: Carl Manaster on May 13, 2008 at 10:30 AM | PERMALINK

[rats - the comment software doesn't allow the kind of post I was trying to do above]

driving on
this highway span
wonder whether
we'll elect a black man
all signs say
yes we can

Posted by: Carl Manaster on May 13, 2008 at 10:32 AM | PERMALINK

hard to say which
response is meaner
the junta to nargis
or bush to katrina

Posted by: Carl Manaster on May 13, 2008 at 11:02 AM | PERMALINK
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