Friday, August 29, 2014

Thanks, Rumster — Here's Another Fine Mess (O'Potamia) You've Gotten Us Into

This blog's poet-in-residence — Calvin Trillin aka "The Deadline Poet" — takes aim at one of the real architects of our Mess O'Potamia nightmare. The current crop of jihadists in Iraq and Syria make Saddam Hussein and the Taliban seem as mild as daycare workers on a sunny day. The black-clad, masked psychopaths roaming the today's Middle East make the characters in Hollywood's slasher films look temperate and restrained. If this is a (fair & balanced) result of our Middle Eastern foreign policy, so be it.

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By The Deadline Poet (Calvin Trillin)

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For parts of Iraq where our soldiers have died,
The ISIS jihadists are serious contenders.
So goes the resistance that Rumsfeld
As nothing but pockets of hopeless
 dead-enders. Ω

[Calvin Trillin began his career as a writer for Time magazine. Since July 2, 1990, as a columnist at The Nation, Trillin has written his weekly "Deadline Poet" column: humorous poems about current events. Trillin has written considerably more pieces for The Nation than any other single person. A native of Kansas City, MO, Trillin received his BA from Yale College in 1957. He served in the army, and then joined Time.]

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