Don't Think You Know Better Than Haig

Fri Feb 2, 2007

Readers of Paul Fussell’s The Great War and Modern Memory may recall that he quotes this newspaper account of how the average subject can help with the war effort. I wonder if our Alexander thought of it in that fleeting moment when he thought himself in charge. I can remember watching that unfold on my grandmother’s tv, though thankfully I was too young to be aware of Haig.

Speaking of which, you may remember that Homer wears a “Haig in ‘88” t-shirt in one episode. Clancy and I are working our way through season two at present. I can’t decide if “I can picture it now […] The screen door rusting off its filthy hinges, mangy dog staggering about, looking vainly for a place to die” or “This anonymous clan of slack-jawed troglodytes has cost me the election, and yet if I were to have them killed, I would be the one to go to jail. That’s democracy for you” is the most amusing line of the season.