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Possibly you were not invited, but three days ago five former secretaries of state got together with the sitting sec’y for Secretaries Day at the State Department and participated in a groundbreaking ceremony. Yousef Munayyer posted this photograph on his twitter with some caption suggestions. “Condi was there but someone had to take the picture” is hard to beat. Though Allison Deger came up with “US backs Israeli pinpoint operation to destroy Hamas ‘terror tunnels.'” Can you do better? Winner to be decided by commenters’ voices and editor’ choices in an update in days to come. 

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  1. kev on September 6, 2014, 9:38 am

    “Sure, this stuff came from a Bull, so what? Shoveling it is just what we do!”

    • marc b. on September 6, 2014, 10:16 am

      “Well wishers clean up after horse drawn carriage carrying Netanyahu to congress passes.”

    • [email protected] on September 6, 2014, 8:30 pm

      How about: actually shoveling this bullshit is a lot of hard work….compared to just spreading it via our handy MSM!

    • RoHa on September 7, 2014, 2:48 am

      Agricultural by-product was the first thing that I though of, too.

  2. joecatron on September 6, 2014, 9:39 am

    “And they thought we buried the Goldstone Report!”

    • just on September 6, 2014, 9:47 am


      Hey Joe– thanks for your impeccable reporting from Gaza and for all that you do.

    • just on September 6, 2014, 11:48 am

      burying the truth is what we do.

  3. peterfeld on September 6, 2014, 9:40 am

    They’re digging a mass grave for war crime victims. These are telling poses: Kissinger shows how it’s done, Hillary and Baker go straight to work, Powell is trying to learn, Albright is well-meaning, Kerry fumbles.

    I miss Al Haig.

  4. just on September 6, 2014, 9:46 am

    celebrated gravediggers at the groundbreaking ceremony of the US Diplomacy Center.

    It’s entirely ironic and tragic.

    (did Madeline “we think the price is worth it” Albright not get the memo re the dress code? where was Condi??)

  5. adele on September 6, 2014, 10:12 am

    back on the chain gang

  6. Shmuel on September 6, 2014, 10:51 am

    Only one caption? I think each of these illustrious personages deserves one of their very own (from left to right):

    Hillary: How’s this for a presidential pose?
    Madeleine: I should have worn a pantsuit.
    Henry: Is this the way you hold the … what did you call it again?
    John: Achievements of American Diplomacy? Well, for starters there’s this terrific photograph.
    James: Fuck the …
    Colin: Isn’t that a piece of yellowcake over there?

  7. just on September 6, 2014, 10:54 am

    “It is a good thing to follow the First Law of Holes: if you are in one, stop

    Denis Healey

  8. eGuard on September 6, 2014, 11:12 am

    3/6: Diplomacy: “Of course, under Obama I am left-handed”.

  9. eGuard on September 6, 2014, 11:17 am

    “I am a dimploat. Again, what do you call this thing?”

  10. jd65 on September 6, 2014, 11:38 am

    “Official groundbreaking: Celebrating over four decades of burying the facts underground.”

  11. eGuard on September 6, 2014, 11:44 am

    “Weapons of mass construction (and the Secretaries that don’t know how to handle them).”

    “Finishing touches for the Gaza Plaza @ US StatDep. (Kerry had worked the whole summer to prepare the grounds).”

    “Who put those white lines down here before me? And what do they mean?”

  12. amigo on September 6, 2014, 12:27 pm

    Keep digging guys.There,s a WMD in here somewhere.

  13. W.Jones on September 6, 2014, 1:47 pm

    “It took at least six of us to bury the two state solution.”

  14. talknic on September 6, 2014, 1:59 pm
  15. Citizen on September 6, 2014, 2:02 pm

    “Jeez, shoveling this AIPAC dirt is tiresome, eh?”

  16. RobertB on September 6, 2014, 2:20 pm

    It looks like Kissinger “The Master” is telling Kerry how to hold that AIPAC/Israel shovel … Its groundbreaking ceremony rehearsal for the never ending NEW & many more to come… Israeli “for Jews Only” Settlements!!!

  17. concernedhuman on September 6, 2014, 3:34 pm

    Burying their crimes against humanity .

  18. michelle on September 6, 2014, 3:39 pm

    “is this where Israel said ‘they’ want the new settlements?”
    G-d Bless

  19. Eva Smagacz on September 6, 2014, 3:47 pm

    “We serviced the donkeys, but pleasing Israelis is nigh impossible – they wanted us to clean the dung as well”.

  20. Eva Smagacz on September 6, 2014, 3:53 pm

    someone is really cleaning the internet: a video of Fellate-the-Donkey-for-Israel is getting impossible to find

  21. a blah chick on September 6, 2014, 3:56 pm

    “6 ex a-holes of state attempt to unearth ISIS terror tunnels dung from Gaza.”

  22. farmerdave on September 6, 2014, 5:10 pm

    It’s never been so easy to bury the Constitution, in plain sight

    • just on September 6, 2014, 5:54 pm

      We shoulda done this at Ground Zero.

      (nice farmerdave!)

  23. DaBakr on September 6, 2014, 7:11 pm

    outhouse duty. who’s shoveling theirs the highest?

  24. a female faust on September 6, 2014, 7:13 pm

    “Ontology recapitulates axiology.”

    from Wikipedia:

    Ontology is the philosophical study of the nature of being, becoming, existence, or reality, as well as the basic categories of being and their relations. Traditionally listed as a part of the major branch of philosophy known as metaphysics, ontology deals with questions concerning what entities exist or can be said to exist, and how such entities can be grouped, related within a hierarchy, and subdivided according to similarities and differences. [more]

    Axiology (from Greek ἀξίᾱ, axiā, “value, worth”; and -λόγος, -logos) is the philosophical study of value. It is either the collective term for ethics and aesthetics[1]—philosophical fields that depend crucially on notions of value—or the foundation for these fields, and thus similar to value theory and meta-ethics. [more]

  25. a female faust on September 6, 2014, 9:05 pm

    another one — here…

  26. cantinista on September 6, 2014, 9:40 pm

    “Six silver mo-roons manning six silver spoons to sustain the vision of Edward Mandell House.”

  27. Steven Gordon on September 6, 2014, 11:04 pm

    They’ve always spread it on quite thick, but now they’ve dropped all pretenses, they are entirely together in the same pit, and from now on they will always use shovels to pile it on higher, deeper, and wider.

  28. CitizenC on September 6, 2014, 11:55 pm

    US diplomats plant Victory Garden to combat ISIS. “Heirloom tomatoes and heritage blueberries will help us overcome the medieval fanaticism of dates and figs,” explained master strategist Henry Kissinger. “We’ve all seen the barbaric videos of olives being brutally pitted and mercilessly pressed until they yield their oil. If we don’t bomb ISIS young eggplants will be sadistically smoked for baba gannoush and innocent mint leaves plunged into boiling water. There isn’t a moment to lose.”

  29. Pixel on September 7, 2014, 12:28 am

    Joan, we’re coming.

  30. oldgeezer on September 7, 2014, 12:53 am

    Kirkpatriick and Kissinger hold shovel for first time. Kissinger ask Kerry if he’s doing it right. Stealing Palestine. A bit at a time.

  31. Sycamores on September 7, 2014, 11:16 am

    Dead and Buried!
    in a rare moment of honesty over 40 years of Secretaries of state comes clean on the two state solution.

  32. iResistDe4iAm on September 7, 2014, 11:22 am

    “US officials break ground for construction of the first Liberty Tunnels[1], Washington DC, 2014″

    [1] Inspired by both the Underground Railroad and the Gaza tunnels, the Liberty Tunnels will initially provide safe passage for free members of the US government and Congress, but are intended to liberate the hallowed grounds of occupied Capitol Hill (oCH).

  33. ASBizar on September 7, 2014, 12:37 pm

    Digging one’s own grave?

  34. afmeyers on September 8, 2014, 9:18 am

    “Uncle Sam loves peace. And there’s nothing more peaceful than dead people.”

  35. philweiss on September 8, 2014, 1:45 pm

    Richard Miller submitted the following:
    So many bodies, so little time.

    China: 7900 miles to go.

    Digging for buried bones.

    Digging their own graves.

    Deficit? We can dig it.

    Caution: Government at work.

    Pirates burying their stolen loot.

    How much deeper? Four more years.

    The one percent: first time they’ve ever held a shovel.

    Spending money you don’t have.

    Debt limit? What debt limit?

    Public Relations: Shovel Ready.

  36. KarlRKaiser on September 8, 2014, 1:48 pm

    ” Come on guys! If we can erase this ’67 border all our problems will be solved! “

  37. eljay on September 8, 2014, 3:28 pm

    “I’ll be damned – these things aren’t just for bullshit!”

    “American diplomacy: Dead and buried.”

  38. ThorsteinVeblen2012 on September 10, 2014, 7:53 pm

    The Greatest Mind in American Foreign Policy

    Gather to Demonstrate

    That American politics is not like making sausage.

    It’s like working for the circus.

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