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Swiss Near-Miss

The Swiss army, created in honor of the extremely popular multi-functional knife of the same name, ran into some trouble yesterday when a group of soldiers inadvertently invaded the bite-sized neighboring nation of Liechtenstein:

…[T]he 170 infantry soldiers wandered just over a mile across an unmarked border into the tiny principality early Thursday before realizing their mistake and turning back. A spokesman for the Swiss army … said that there were unlikely to be any serious repercussions for the mistaken invasion. “We’ve spoken to the authorities in Liechtenstein and it’s not a problem,” Daniel Reist told The AP.

A resident of the adorable little mini-nation told reporters, “We barely had time to look up from our Bl√§tterteigpastetchen mit Pilzragout and notice the soldiers, and then they were gone. They are welcome to come back, and please bring some watches and chocolate next time. I must speak to the president about that.” After another Liechtensteinian whispered into the man’s ear, he continued, “I have just been informed that I am the president. I thought it was Johann’s turn. No? OK, I guess it’s me.”

In a related story, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates laughingly announced today that the United States had experienced a similar situation when it apparently accidentally invaded Iraq almost four years ago. “It’s the damndest thing,” Gates chuckled. “I guess our boys just got lost a little too close to the border. These things happen.” Gates said the red-faced gang of 154,369 Coalition forces will withdraw immediately, but added, “we’ve spoken to the authorities in Iraq and it’s not a problem.”

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