Send in the Clowns(with apologies to Stephen Sondheim)

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Aren’t
they rich?Does anyone care?We on the ground in Iraq,Bush in despair.Send
in the clowns.

Isn’t
it neat?Does Congress approve?Cheney keeps tearing aroundRice cannot
move.Where are the clowns?Send in the clowns.

Just
when we thought we had learned about war,Finally knowing there was no just
cause,Here they are going at it once more,Sure of themselves, Just
like before.

Don’t
they love bombs?Their fault, I fear.They thought we’d want what they want,Sorry,
my dear.But where are the clowns?Quick, send in the clowns.Don’t bother,
they’re here.

Aren’t
they rich?Thriving on fear.Starting a war so very lateIn their careers?And
aren’t they clowns?We know they are clowns.Well, even next year.

June
18, 2005

Richard
Cummings [send
him mail
] taught international law at the Haile Selassie I University
and before that, was Attorney-Advisor with the Office of General Counsel of the
Near East South Asia region of U.S.A.I.D, where he was responsible for the legal
work pertaining to the aid program in Israel, Jordan, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
He is the author of a new novel, The
Immortalists
, as well as
The Pied Piper — Allard K. Lowenstein and the Liberal Dream
, and the
comedy, Soccer Moms From Hell. He
holds a Ph.D. in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University and is
a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers. He is writing a new
book, The Road
To Baghdad — The Money Trail Behind The War In Iraq.
He is a contribution editor for The
American Conservative
.

Richard
Cummings Archives

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