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True jingoistic ugliness today on Politico from Mike Allen’s Playbook, which fills the role Mark Halperin’s “The Note” once did (i.e., an obsessively insidery morning news summary supposedly read by everyone who matters in politics).

Allen’s take on the failed U.S. bid for the 2022 World Cup:

—The U.S. inexplicably lost to Qatar, which is two-faced in the war on terror and full of radical sympathizers. A Ben Smith reader points out a WikiCable “in which Mossad chief Meir Dagan briefed Bush homeland security aide Frances Fragos Townsend: Dagan characterized Qatar as ‘a real problem.’”  

—International Herald Tribune p. 1: “FIFA tilts soccer’s future toward the East.”

—Brits push for FIFA reform – BBC: “England 2018 bid chief executive Andy Anson has warned his country against bidding for the World Cup again until Fifa reforms its voting process.”  

PLAYBOOK FACTS OF LIFE: These obviously absurd choices are the product of a corrupt process that includes no accountability. These organizations (FIFA, IOC, etc.) are Eurocentric, if not blatantly anti-American. As a wise young friend e-mails, “These bids are like a modern day ‘Concert of Europe.’ And we certainly aren’t Prince Metternich, despite what we may think.”

So according to Politico, Mossad (the Israeli intelligence agency) decides who is a “real problem,” the “obviously absurd” choice of Qatar is somehow a symptom of Eurocentrism (does Allen not notice that Europe — not to mention the Middle East — has a slightly more intense soccer/football culture than has ever managed to develop in the U.S.?) and, it’s “blatantly anti-American” (and “inexplicable”) to not buy into American exceptionalism.

(Also: “WikiCable”? Like to MakeupWords much?)

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