Some years ago when I was (even) more jaded and cynical I tried to convince some people in Poland that the Onion was real (in terms of everyday life it was the most accurate portrayal of the America I knew available anywhere).
Now it turns out that everything anyone needs to know about American political debate on US adventurism in the Middle East was said by the Onion in 2003.
Sadly the debate has not moved one inch since then. Is it hilarious or tragic? Yes, of course!