The Rex Huppke treatment is the way to go in reporting aldermen turned foreign policy wonks:
The Chicago City Council, leaping broadly outside its normal purview, tried to stop the United States from invading Iraq 5 years ago. The nation’s third-largest city aimed a strongly worded anti-war resolution right at President Bush, and yet he went ahead and toppled Saddam Hussein anyway.
A shame, we may all observe. They get no respect, even when, as Ald. Freddrenna Lyle (6th) announces in full cry: “We’re out there. We’re leading the charge.”
But Freddrenna, who will fix the potholes?
The discussion was top-level, as Huppke relates:
“I don’t think we should preclude an attack on Iran if it’s necessary,” Ald. Bernie Stone (50th) grumbled to John Mearsheimer, a University of Chicago political science professor.
“When would it be necessary?” asked Mearsheimer, an expert on international security policy.
“That I don’t know,” said Stone, an expert on zoning policy.
Out of the mouths of zoning experts. Pssst: Mearsheimer doesn’t know either.