Thursday, September 06, 2007

Reinvigorating the American Brand

While waiting for the Republican Debate to begin last night, I tuned in to Bill O'Reilly, who had as a guest his buddy Dennis Miller. Dennis was waxing on about Iraq, among other things that he, as a comedian, is equally expert in and qualified to discuss.

Here's a portion of the transcript of what Miller had to say about the US getting involved in Iraq:

"And you know, people always say there were no WMDs, they felt misinformed. I didn't. I never thought there were WMDs. I thought we had to go in and cuff this guy around to reassert our place in the world. I think it was a reinvigoration of our brand, and I'm glad we did it."

Nice mediaspeak there, Dennis. Invading Iraq was a "reinvigoration of the American Brand."

(He was not joking. Go watch the clip. Scroll down to "Miller Time.")

I guess when you "reinvigorate a brand," in Miller's view, you reshape it into something unrecognizable from what it was, alienate your existing customer base, dilute your stock, then send out conflicting messages through a revolving door of senior management, pretty much assuring you will never acquire any new customers.

You're a genius, Dennis. You should work in advertising.

Reinvigorating the American "brand."

Kinda like what Just For Men did for your beard?

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  • Nice.


    Was he being snide when he said "reinvigorate the brand?" See, I think you're suggesting that he wasn't, but my brain just can't handle knowing he said that


    By Blogger JT Taylor, at September 7, 2007 at 9:14 AM  

  • I don't think he was. It's his new schtick to be the whacky right wing guy. If you follow the link to the transcript, you can watch the actual segment as it appeared.

    By Blogger Jetpacks, at September 7, 2007 at 9:35 AM  

  • *sigh*

    I HATE that shtick.

    By Blogger JT Taylor, at September 7, 2007 at 4:50 PM  

  • poor choice of be sure. However, allowing Saddam to stay in power would have been foolish, imho - the man showed resolve towards a path of destruction as it relates to Western ideology. Make no mistake, isolationsim is not an wanna 'ride it out' while our foes get stronger? Our involvement in that region was inevitable and could have taken several unpleasant forms...the one we ended up with is probably the best of those dismal choices. I mean, if we're gonna pick on the 'lunacy' of Dennis Miller...what about the "CEO" of Iran? Shame on you, jetpacks! There are better targets out there than an Emmy Award-winning AMERICAN Comedian. Go Dennis!

    By Blogger thompanilla, at September 7, 2007 at 5:51 PM  

  • Miller is usually dead on, but he's starting to be as funny as Ron Silverman while adapting many of the same views.

    Yes, foolish to keep him thompanilla, he was evil. But wasn't that Rummy shaking hands with him in that photo op in the 80s? All the intel the CIA, NSA and everyone else has and we didn't know he liked to kill his opposition or that his sons were sociopaths?

    We absolutely knew and didn’t care. As long as we could maintain a USA factory outlet store there, we could at least keep an eye on things over there. Isolationism is not the answer either, I agree. (I don't see how anyone these days can say we should mind our own biz, but then turn around and be part of a global economy.)

    No, the big problem here is our international political strategy of the dictator we know is better than the one we don’t, all in service of the greater good. When are we going to learn? Maybe we need to stop looking the other way sooner in the game.

    By Blogger Make the logo bigger, at September 7, 2007 at 9:23 PM  

  • I just want to tell you that you are fucking brilliant.

    /not being snide.

    By Blogger TC Byrd, at September 14, 2007 at 1:42 PM  

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