One ring to rule them all

“As the hobbits are going up Mount Doom, the Eye of Mordor is being drawn somewhere else,” Santorum [Senator, R-PA] said, describing the tool the evil Lord Sauron used in search of the magical ring that would consolidate his power over Middle-earth.

“It’s being drawn to Iraq and it’s not being drawn to the U.S.,” Santorum continued. “You know what? I want to keep it on Iraq. I don’t want the Eye to come back here to the United States.”


I saw this yesterday and I just thought it was yet another dumb thing to come out of Rick Santorum’s mouth. But then I started thinking more about the analogy, and strangely, it fits (most notably, I can’t get the image of Karl Rove as Wormtongue out of my head now). Santorum is just drawing the wrong comparisons.

The eye is more like “public attention”, with Iraq being the siege on the gates of Mordor, to distract Sauron from the One Ring, AKA, Dick Cheney’s Precious (oil).

Alright, so maybe it’s not a good analogy and it really was nothing more than a stupid thing for Santorum to say (thankfully, he’ll be out of the Senate in a couple of weeks). Still, it’s fun to cast the Bush Administration as Lord of the Rings characters. Bush does strike me as having Gollum-like qualities, and it’s easy to see Rice and Rumsfeld as Nazgul, with Cheney being the Witch-King. The religious right would be the orcs. Not sure who’d get to play the role of Sarumon though…


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