New York, NY - Pressure from the international community has forced
the United Nations to convene a special committee to review standards
for calling organizations "elite." The call for a standard
was prompted after the elite Iraqi Republican Guard was seen performing
tasks in a not so elite manner.
garbageman Kevin Jacobsen takes out the trash.
"Every time any media outlet mentions the Iraqi Republican
Guard they always preface it by calling it elite. However, there
is no internationally accepted definition for 'elite.' I think we
face the real possibility of cheapening the use of the word if standards
aren't set," said United States Secretary of State Colin Powell.
Powell continued, "I think it's sad that we've degenerated
into some sort of elite relativism where you only have to be better
than the next guy to be considered elite even if that next guy sucks.
Any person that goes through two weeks of training shouldn't be called
As part of the standard settings procedure the U.N. plans to send
in an elite team of inspectors to measure the Iraqi troops' eliteness
The American Ambassador to the U.N. John Negroponte doesn't think
inspections are the answer. He proposed a televised competition based
on the late 1970s program Battle of the Network Stars. He
added, "We could pit Green Berets, Navy Seals and Republican
Guards against each other in competition to earn the title of elite.
Until it is settled, I propose the media should refer to the Republican
Guard as 'pretty good' or 'possibly elite.'"
The standard for eliteness set by the U.N. will not only apply to
military organizations, but to other groups as well.
Tad Wilkins, part of Safeway's elite Cart Wrangler group, said, "I
agree there needs to be standards before a group can be called elite.
I have ten years experience toiling in the parking lots at Safeway.
I've earned my status."
In related news, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist asked the U.N.
to set a standard for the term 'Republican' as well.
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