Wednesday, July 23, 2008


I'm developing a new blogging game called "What would Brezhnev do?" One simply pretends that Barack Obama is a total stooge of former General Secretary of the Soviet Union Leonid Brezhnev. Whenever Obama is faced with some kind of upcoming choice or policy decision, write a paragraph describing Brezhnev's "orders" to Obama and then see if Obama follows them.

For example, Obama is giving a speech at Berlin's Victory column tomorrow. What would Brezhnev order Obama to say?

Brezhnev answers as follows: "The ongoing crisis in Iraq continues to prove that Western imperialist military traditions are a serious threat to progressive movements around the world. Therefore, you are hereby ordered to undermine Western military morale by appropriating symbols of Western imperialism and militarism as agents of pacifistic progressive goals. Use the opportunity of your German speech to link the Victory column with, for example, victory in the fight to preserve the environment against global climate change."

UPDATE: I was one the right track. Obama did say the following:
Here, at the base of a column built to mark victory in war, we meet in the center of a Europe at peace.


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