Send in the Clowns(with apologies to Stephen Sondheim)

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.

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