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Friday, 21 March 2014

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Political Circus Circus crowd so excited it refused to leave the building

Named after a famous Las Vegas casino, this new political show is now open and selling tickets for the global stage.

The show is vibrant and full of drama. Cries of "Bravo! Bravo!" fill The Big Top.

Would-be president Hillary Clinton stuns on the high trapeze, poised head down, blond locks flowing, and holding a sign: "All options are on the table!"

In a room with green baize table top shown on a central big screen, cameras zoom up to the faces of Senator McCain, Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Vladimir Putin, and Mr. Jay Carney sitting in for President Obama (who is busy elsewhere).

This group--with never a quiver in the face muscles--is playing sanctions poker. For example, they can win sanctions against oligarchs to prevent them from making as much money as usual.

The oligarchs' coffers are more insulted than significantly lowered by this action, but the result is impressive theater on FOX news.

Behind each player leaning close are advisors--Senator Lindsay Graham at the ear of Mr. McCain; Prime Minister David Cameron beside Chancellor Merkel; Chinese Foreign Minister Li Baodong behind Mr. Putin; and Vice President Biden plus Secretary of State John Kerry supporting Mr. Carney.

Mr. McCain's jaw flexes around a toothpick as he and Mr. Putin exchange the icy stare of the conqueror.

But Ms. Merkel's sanctions pile is growing, with an aces high full house crushing Jay Carney's two pair. She has gained eavesdropping by German Intelligence on Mr. Carney and his boss.

Beside this gigantic screen are two smaller screens, one featuring Edward Snowden addressing a techie conference, the other an endless military parade of uniforms and marching boots.

Meanwhile in one of the three rings elephants wearing confederate, US, and UK flags kneel, trumpet, and dance with a sideways step.

Behind them a group of donkeys tries to be invisible, nervously turning around to look for a rear exit.

Then, into the main ring, runs a crowd of US foreign policy experts: Zbigniew Brzezinski, Robert Kagan, Victoria Nuland, William Kristol, Madeline Albright, Karl Rove, Richard Cheney--led by President Obama with a long twinkling wand.

The President appears to be handing the wand to Ms. Clinton. She swoops down to grasp it with her "options" banner fluttering.

But suddenly from Ring 3, which features whirling dwarfs beating drums and chanting "War with Iran! War with Iran! We love war with Iran!", several figures dash out toward Obama and his wand.

The audience screams at this drama of who will take the wand from Obama.

Will it be Rand Paul, Scott Walker, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, or Hillary Clinton?

Then a giant obscure figure suddenly rushes out of Ring 3, the audience again screaming out who is this mystery man? Will he take the wand?

He turns and bows--some say he resembles a two-headed Koch brother--revealing a sparkling waistcoat of stars and stripes.

Crowd mania boils even higher. Circus Circus has never been better!

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