COGNITIVE DISSONANCE: State Department Ridicules North Korea’s Military Parade As “Dog And Pony Show”

The Hill reports:

The State Department on Thursday called a recent military parade in North Korea a “dog and pony show,” even amid reports that the Trump administration is planning a military procession of its own. CNN’s Michelle Kosinski tweeted the swipe from a State Department official.

The comment came after media reports surfaced that top Pentagon officials are in the early stages of planning a military parade in Washington, D.C., at President Trump’s behest. The White House confirmed on Tuesday that the president did, in fact, ask military officials to “explore a celebration at which all Americans can show their appreciation.”

Trump has long floated the idea of a grand display of U.S. military might, and was reportedly dazzled by such a parade during a Bastille Day celebration in Paris last year. A parade in North Korea on Thursday featured tanks, soldiers and hundreds of troops marching ahead of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, which are set to open on Friday.

  • Treant

    Cognitive dissonance requires cognition. There’s no there there.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Likely a case of squirrel-powered cogwheel dissonance.
      Happens all the time when the varmints start pumping in opposite directions.

      • Treant

        I hate that. The bottom’s going one way, I’m going t’other. It’s not good no matter what happens.

        • clay

          That’s just body language for “please hold me down in restraints”.

  • pj

    hope nothing serious (9/11) happens while don the con and his merry band of idiots is at the wheel.

    • Mr. Ric

      He’s got his money on it. He’s said as much a few times.

    • Treant

      Two months before the election.

      • NZArtist

        Odd – I posted exactly the same thing in this thread before I read your post here.
        We’re all thinking it – I hope the FBI/CIA is taking it seriously.

  • Boreal

    Reposting, as it belongs in this thread.

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      Poor gollum trump. Corrupted by the power of sauron-putin.

    • j.martindale

      Thank you. With the market hit, it is nice to have someone to laugh at.

  • Bambino
    • JT

      Let them all live in Trump Tower. Move the traitors out.

      • Todd20036

        Most of them would probably want to remain homeless.

      • MT YVR

        Why do you HATE vets so? /s


    • Bambino

      Is Kennedy talking about himself ? πŸ˜›

    • Or….as another republican president has said…
      “…Speak softly and carry a big stick…”
      Theodore Roosevelt.

      • Todd20036

        Now, when he said stick, did he mean….

    • JCF

      There’s a reason Teddy Roosevelt didn’t say “Throw a Big Fucking Parade and carry a stick.”

  • Mr. Ric

    He’s standing next to Macron and it’s the rockets that impress him?

  • HoneyBoySmith

    This isn’t cognitive dissonance.

    Cognitive dissonance requires psychic pain.

    This is double think. That is, the holding of two contradictory ideas, believing both when neither is necessarily true.

  • Sashineb
    • JT

      Drumpf is fantasizing about those missiles and where they can go, bigly.

      • Todd20036

        So are a lot of us on this thread, TBH

    • crewman

      North Korea’s military parade is a transparent act of desperation, wasting the country’s precious money, and diverting attention from very serious problems. And I want a parade like that, now, now, NOW!

      • Sporkfighter

        I don’t think starving peasants are seen as a problem by the North Korean leadership, something they have in common with far too much of our current leadership.

  • That_Looks_Delicious
    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      He can shake those till he is blue in the face – won’t make his tiny hands any bigger.

      • olandp

        Like he would do even that useless exercise.

        • That_Looks_Delicious

          He must do something to stay at that stunning 239 pounds.

  • Stephen Elliot Phillips

    Lets have a counter parade by everyone whos been fucked over by republicans.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    OT but the EPA is being run by a fucking idiot!!!

    EPA chief Scott Pruitt: Global warming may be a good thing
    I think there are assumptions made that because the climate is warming, that that necessarily is a bad thing. Do we really know what the ideal surface temperature should be in the year 2100, in the year 2018? That is fairly arrogant, for us to think we know exactly what it should be in 2100.

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      When the planet has a mass extinction, and grannys house in Boca in under a foot of water……will that be ok?

      • AmeriCanadian

        Florida. The new Venice in about 50 or so years.

        • Stephen Elliot Phillips

          Ill give it 30 years.

          • Boreal

            I think it might be even less since the icecaps are melting faster than predicted.

    • zhera

      Yes! Maybe floods, hurricanes, fires, droughts, sand storms, etc. will be good for us! Maybe… maybe there’s money to be made?

      For a party so afraid of immigrants they should be very worried about climate change, and trying to turn it around. But that requires logic and common sense, so…

    • Boreal

      ‘Do we really know what the ideal surface temperature should be in the year 2100, in the year 2018? ‘

      Not we, scientists do. They have more than a century of weather and temperature data not to mention the geologic record, ice cores, etc . Pruitt is an ignorant asshole.

      • ah. but is that *christian science*?

        • Boreal

          I hope not.

    • clay

      Uh, it’s not going to just stop and stabilize in 2100, that’s just an arbitrary time marker. There are millions of people already suffering from the effects of climate disruption– their temperature is already beyond the “ideal”.

    • netxtown

      dear Scotty Twatty –
      yur such a dumbass! while it is very possible the earth is in a ‘natural’ warming trend – the entire fucking conversation of global warming is about minimizing the impact caused by humans. We get it that we can’t control the temp of the entire planet – just as Superman can’t fly around it backwards and turn back time – but the planet has operated all on its own for millions of years without any interference from stupid humans – until recently. Get it?? recently! WE are the problem! We are spewing all kinds of shit out into the atmosphere – and you think it has no impact??? How ’bout we slip a bag over your head and hook it up to the exhaust on your SUV? let us know if you feel impacted? ok? dumbass.
      A first grader.

    • Todd20036

      The biggest problem with global warming is the endgame.

      Dieback in Asian/Russian/African/Indian countries.

      And no one in this country (who can directly affect change) will give a shit.

    • DoctorDJ

      Call me arrogant, but I don’t think, I know, that Scott Pruitt is a fuquing no-brain dip-shit.

  • boobert

    ” look daddy, they’re giving me a parade. Do you love me now? ” lol

    • Treant


    • AJ Drew

      “Everyone hates you, including me. Still. And I’m dead.”

  • The real reason Donald wants a parade is not to show affection or respect for “the troops.”

    It’s so that thousands of America’s servicemen and -women are all forced to salute him.

    Just like it is in all the despotic countries he admires.

  • JT

    Li’l Kim on Drumpf or vice versa?

    • Lazycrockett

      Why is the dog jumping over a dead pony??

      • Cuberly Deux

        Mr ED!!!! NOOOoooooooo!!!!!!

      • JT

        It’s a one trick pony.

      • AJ Drew

        pony isn’t dead, he’s just tired of winning.

      • DoctorDJ

        Pony isn’t dead… it’s playing possum.

  • Cuberly Deux
    • AJ Drew

      well, GOP governance minus the military boot camp.

  • Gustav2
    • Fuck this traitor with a rusty chainsaw.

    • Hank

      Nunes = Traitor

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      Republican crimes are always a democrats fault.

    • Cuberly Deux

      Translation: “We figured out a way to omit a few nouns and verbs so if you strained credulity and were a full member of Cult45, there’s evidence of our need to ask questions for clarification.”

      Yay! Another 6 hour duration conspiracy!

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      This traitor (Nunes) needs to spend some serious time in prison.

    • MikeBx2

      Trump and the GOP are still trying to defeat Hillary Clinton. Pathetic.

      • AmeriCanadian

        It’s almost like they realize she should have won the election and the current traitor in office is illegitimate.

    • leastyebejudged

      That ridiculous flood of social media spam just before the election insisting HRC would herald in WWIII says otherwise.

    • JohnJay

      You recused yourself from all Russia investigations. WTF?

      • clay

        Just the Trump ones (wink, wink).

    • BearEyes

      and he conveniently forgets that team Jeb originally started that tRump oppo-research.

    • -M-

      That word, Devin… I don’t think that it means what you think it means.

  • Lazycrockett
    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Very sad. Did the little guy on the right survive?

      • Lazycrockett

        He was set free.

        • Dreaming Vertebrate

          I just watched the video.
          Can’t imagine how he pulled them apart. They looked solidly locked together. I wonder how long the buck had been trapped in that terrible condition.

    • leastyebejudged

      It’s natural !

  • AJ Drew

    20 years ago, nope even 10 years ago, if anyone told me I’d be applauding the State Dept, well… and yet!

  • JackFknTwist

    A military parade is a distraction.
    The discussion of it is a distraction.

    1. Where is the money left over from the Inauguration Committee…..all 65 million ?

    2. Is the NRA to be indicted ( corporations are people too ) for laundering 30 million from Russia into the coffers of the Trump/turd campaign?

    These are the questions to pursue, not Trump/turd’s attempt to revive the ‘Yeomen of The Guard’.

  • FAEN

    We have the best dog and pony show! All the top people are saying so.

  • nocadrummer

    We have a “God and Pony” show.
    The bigliest. /s

  • NZArtist

    Dear FBI,
    Donald Trump and his cronies are negitiating *right now* with terrorist groups to stage a serious attack on US soil a couple of months prior to the November elections in the hope of bolstering the incumbent party’s popularity.
    Please do not allow this to happen.

    • FAEN

      Say what?

      • NZArtist

        Sorry, that should have been addressed to the CIA and NSA.

    • Tulle Christensen

      are you a rebel?

    • FelineMama

      A quote from a while back: 2001 “PDB, OBL due to strike the US”.
      Condeleeza Rice: “We never thought the US would be attacked in airplanes on our soil, Blah, blah, blah…………
      “2004, Bush has kept us safe” No one’s listening or cares.

  • JIM W

    “Dog & Pony Show”….. and yet Donnie wants a parade (toy soldiers?)

  • bkmn
    • Bambino
      • leastyebejudged

        Don’t give him any ideas.

    • Cuberly Deux

      They cornered him on that today. He deflected by saying, don’t you want hurricane and disaster relief?????!!!!!

      As if all the spending increases were just that.

      • It’s not the spending increases that will drive the deficit, as we all well know, although Ryan and company will try to make it look like that as they go after Social Security and Medicare.

    • And people wonder why the stock and bond markets are going nuts…

    • BearEyes

      Lyin’ Ryan has never been a wonk – stop calling him that!
      He’s an idealogue

      • bkmn

        But you can’t use ‘idea’ for anything related to Paul Ryan because he does not know what his stance on anything will be until he gets direction from the Koch brothers.

  • teedofftaxpayer

    And the one that Trump wants is an “ego show”.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    Necessary gif, today and every day.

  • Cuberly Deux finally sold their iconic SF Armory digs.

    SF Armory sells for $65 million β€” to be used for manufacturing and offices

    • trouble94114

      sigh, a couple of years ago they threw a particularly depraved version of a haunted house at Halloween. There was only one clown, but he somehow managed to elevate the creepy quotient way up toward “perverted”

  • leastyebejudged

    Looks to me like huge areas are paved just for this kind of thing, maybe we should take some of that wall money and make some massive, expansive parade pavilions to show off our military hardware regularly !

    The hardware that, every single piece of, represents unbuilt schools, hospitals, recycling facilities and sustainable power generation.

    We should be proud of it, since our graft and excess FAR, FAR exceeds paltry North Korea’s EXPONENTIALLY..

    Let the world see the gross massive hardware we’ve accumulated, let it see what the USA really IS.

  • number of poor DC children who could’ve been fed a hot meal for the cost of the parade?
    number of roads and other structural aspects of the down-trodden city of DC that will be destroyed by this needless display?
    number of hours the American media will spend talking about it, instead of doing actual journalism and investigation into the Russia links?
    number of so-called pithy, catty, ‘neutral’ press writers in DC, who will care about anything i just typed above, and who will find ingenious new ways to work in some bothsider pablum about HRC and/or Obama, when talking about this event?
    number of dumb ass rethug voters who will show up, a few days before this event, to vote for more of it, this year?

    yeah. math is hard.

  • TexasBoy

    Next up, Trump says he loves dogs and ponies, and his parade will be the bestest, most awesomest, doggy-est and pony-est parade ever, in the history of parades.

    • coram nobis

      And there’ll be the biggest pile of horseshit, and the children will dig and dig trying to find the ponies they’re sure are underneath. MASA!

  • Henry Auvil

    The trump presidency is an insult to both dogs and ponies.

  • OdieDenCO

    but donny’s parade will be a horse and hound show, so totally different.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
    • The only difference between our Dick in Charge is he isn’t one for dress up in military drag with loads of shiny flare.

      • SammySeattle


  • fuzzybits

    Instead of a hog and baloney show.

    • Lars Littlefield

      My log is so bony show. Live cam tonight at 9:00 PM.

      • jmax

        Website URL please.

    • Snarkaholic

      Or a flog a phony show.

  • dcurlee

    If they are smart….well I just answered my own question don’t speak and make yourself look like fools

  • anne marie in philly

    pot (dump) meet kettle (kim).

  • coram nobis

    “Dr. Freud, that picture couldn’t be showing a phallus on a truck, could it?”

  • LesbianTippingHabits

    I’m a progressive and I strongly support Trump’s proposed military parade.

    Here’s why: In June 1991, then-President George H.W. Bush (R) “41” presided over the Trumpian military parade.

    In November 1992, then-Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton defeated Bush 41.

    In other words, a great omen for our nation’s future. Thank you.

  • SammySeattle

    Teeny pee-pee parades.

  • Canadian Observer

    Well I hope they remember to leave enough time to train all those military personnel in the fine art of goose stepping – what kind of military parade is it without goose stepping?

  • Gregory In Seattle

    Blackwhite: “Like so many Newspeak words, this word has two
    mutually contradictory meanings. Applied to an opponent, it means the
    habit of impudently claiming that black is white, in contradiction of
    the plain facts. Applied to a Party member, it means a loyal willingness
    to say that black is white when Party discipline demands this. But it
    means also the ability to BELIEVE that black is white, and more, to KNOW
    that black is white, and to forget that one has ever believed the

  • Ann Kah

    The state department intended that for Trump’s ears, but he really isn’t very good at taking a hint.

  • JCF
  • You have to remember that the Trump administration is playing to an audience (and I use that phrase with full knowledge of the implications) with a memory span shorter than fifteen minutes, and who are also conditioned to take anything coming from the administration in isolation — there are no relationships, just discrete sound bites.

  • Mark
  • Teaching lip service: Cognitive Dissonance
    “Because this situation produces feelings of discomfort, the individual strives to change one of the beliefs or behaviors in order to avoid being inconsistent. Hypocrisy is a special case of cognitive dissonance, produced when a person freely chooses to promote a behavior that they do not themselves practice.”

  • LesbianTippingHabits

    I’m stunned that a Republican President wants America to be more like France.

    Wow, times have changed !

  • Acronym Jim

    “Let’s have a parade where Americans can show their loyalty.”

    “You mean appreciation, sir?”

    “Yeah, whatever. Tomato/Potato.”

    “We already do that every July 4th.”

    “Yeah, but I want something like the French have on Bastard Day.”

    “It’s ‘Bas’…never mind. That IS the French equivalent of our Independence Day.”

    “Love that movie, but you’re lying. Nothing got blowed up on Bastard Day.”

    “I quit.”

  • Pete Wascher

    stay tuned for our own dog and pony show. πŸ™

    actually, i’m betting our parade won’t happen as opposition surfaces . . . like the voter fraud commission.

  • kareemachan