Each year, the Institute for Comparative Troll Studies publishes a report on the state of trolling vis a vis national security of the United States. This year, the outlook is not good.
Although the US posesses superior trolling to Iraq, the very focus on this disparity is part of the problem. Husseins skills are perhaps at the bottom of the troll-ladder of the world. 100% votes, 'the mother of all battles', etc, are not good trolls. All they do is get him laughed at. Nobody says 'by gum, he is right'.
North Korea, however, points to a problem. North Korea 'stunned the world' by announcing it had nukes, a good troll. Unsuspected, got lots of press coverage, and caused dozens of front page articles on various magazines in the US. Even Hussein, whom the US is about to murder, has not gotten as much coverage as Kim Jong-Il. One would think the stereotype cartoonist factories have gone quiet, with the sheer lack of creativity devoted to lampooning Iraq in recent months.
North Korea is now saying that it has the right to pre-emptively attack the United States. Again, this is a pretty good troll. It simulatneously pisses people off and unbuttons their hypocrisy: the US is at the very moment trying to push forward a 'pre-emptive strike' philosophy of modern warfare: this theory has not been all that popular in the US, a nation in which children routinely justify attacks by saying 'he/she hit me first'. Again, North Korea could hardly have chosen a better subject or time to troll the world with this idiom.
But it doesn't stop there. Recently a German government official conformed to Godwin's Law and called the US leaders somewhat like Hitler. Maybe this is an urban out-of-context legend, but it doesn't matter if you are trolling, does it? The fact that it is from the same country that birthed the Nazis makes this a particularly sticky and annoying troll in the minds of the USian reader.
On the US side, we have basically been scattered. Our Trolls are lacking in quality and skill. People like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage, CNN, Crossfire, Bill O'Reilly, Jon Stewart, Arianna Huffington, etc, they simply do not stack up to this new breed of trolling from across the oceans.
I am not quite sure how to explain this. Perhaps the US has gotten lazy from having life too easy. Limbaugh et al are unfocused, unsure of themselves, and ignorant of the fundamentals of trolling. They lack historical background knowledge, and they fail to comprehend the motivations of the 'liberals' they tirade against. Huffington and whatnot are disconnected from the masses and unable to coalesce their vast mounds of facts about what is wrong with the conservatives into any kind of emotional climax.
Their comments routinely fail to make world headlines.
American government officials like Colin Powell fail to understand trolling completely. In his simplistic view of the world, all that matters are facts and figures and slow deliberate explanation: a ludicrous proposition in any age, especially when you completely fail to produce any facts and figures to refute your most virulent opponents. Ordinarily use of facts can destroy an opponent troll, but silence never will.
His hangers on, Bush, Cheney, etc, are so completely devoid of life accomplishment or moral character (a couple DUIs, coke heads, frat boys, etc) that their lame attempts at trolling lose all credibility.
I think the US needs to implement a troll retention program, troll development and training programs, and various other troll technology that will enable it to compete in the 21st century international troll arena. Otherwise, we are just so many hot grits down the pants of history.