In 2001, The Onion published a send-up of a President George W. Bush speech, satirising his penchant for rampant warmongering. Its title: Our Long National Nightmare Of Peace And Prosperity Is Finally Over. 

The article was published in January of that year – before 9/11, before the Iraq invasion, before the nation’s deepening involvement in Afghanistan. 

What we’re getting at is that sometimes, just sometimes, the jokey shit-stirrers of this world come up with some worryingly prescient political takes. Pals, this may just be one of those times.

MAD Magazine is currently alleging that TIME Magazine, which remains a legitimately serious publication, copied an image MAD published back in December ’16 for its latest cover. The pictures are certainly, uh, similar. For sure.

The whole thing relates to the rapidly snowballing Russia crisis, which now seems to have impacted each and every aspect of U.S. President Donald Trump‘s administration. But, back in December, the links were not quite as harrowing. 

We mean, there were serious suspicions that Trump’s campaign had colluded or collaborated with Russian state actors, but the inter-related Flynn and Comey disasters hadn’t yet unfurled. MAD apparently still went ahead and called this one in favour of Moscow though, so props.

TIME Magazine has not yet issued a public response to the alleged image-snatching. You can still read the article accompanying that feature image, right HERE.

Source: MAD Magazine.