Faux New York Times Issue Inspires Hope, Declares Iraq War Over

This morning, a bunch of people got punked, receiving forwarded articles pronouncing: "Ex-Secretary Apologized for WMD Scare."

Following a day in which Bush expressed regret over "Mission Accomplished" and "Dead or Alive," it seemed plausible that Condi Rice was trying to protect her legacy too.

But when, on my way into the subway, I got handed a paper copy of the New York Times declaring "Iraq War Ends" [dated July 4th, 2009], I knew it was a prank.

A prank ... except that wasn't really tricking anybody (we generally knew the war wasn't over, universal healthcare hadn't yet happened and Bush wasn't standing trial for war crimes).

A satire...except it wasn't really funny.  The reactions on the subway weren't laughter.

It was a parody ... that elicited hope.

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