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Posts Tagged ‘haiku’

Warku-go-’round: A 20-part history of Bush’s War

Posted by James McPherson on September 28, 2008

Here is the complete 20-part series chronicling the history of George W. Bush’s Iraq War, perhaps the most astoundingly stupid presidential event in American history.

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Axis of evil

For sake of definition

Can’t beat the devil

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God’s soldiers attack

Saudi pilots slam towers

Time to hit Iraq

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They ripped out our heart

We must avenge them all

Chickenhawks are thrilled

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 Three thousand were killed

Nine-eleven is the call

We win at Wal-Mart

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Yes, we must attack

We can’t find bin Laden’s cave

So we’ll bomb Iraq

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Bray it long and loud

Bush’s war will protect us

From a mushroom cloud

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Why attack Saddam?

Weapons of mass destruction

None there? We’ll be damned

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Please world wish us well

And God bless America

Killing infidels

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Flags throughout the land

Jingoistic fervor reigns

Don a black armband

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Let’s not be out-Foxed

Lapel flags in great demand

How about those Sox?

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Don’t count on the press

To learn what’s fact or fiction

The real truth? Just guess

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Soldiers bravely toil

Thousands come home draped with flags

From their war for oil

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 God save George the King

Chinese car magnets for troops

Who don’t mean a thing

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War is hell, he said

As if he had ever been

Your kids go instead

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Shake bittersweet Rice

From a sheltered brittle Bush

Harvest has its price

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Watch for terrorists

Those who’d offer civil rights

Must be communists

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They’ve not hit again

Three-fourths as good as Clinton

Check back in oh-ten

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Now the country’s broke

Try to change the rationale

Use mirrors and smoke

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Go to war we can

If we must we must, they say

What about Iran?

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Politicians’ game

Spin the bottle or the truth

Ending up the same

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Warku #16

Posted by James McPherson on September 27, 2008

This is the 16th of a series related to Bush’s war, perhaps the most astoundingly stupid presidential event in American history. Also see Warku #1, #2, #3#4#5, #6#7, #8, #9, #10#11#12, #13#14, and #15.

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Watch for terrorists

Those who’d offer civil rights

Must be communists

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Warku #15

Posted by James McPherson on September 26, 2008

This is the 15th of a series related to Bush’s war, perhaps the most astoundingly stupid presidential event in American history. Also see Warku #1, #2, #3#4#5, #6#7, #8, #9, #10#11#12, #13, and #14.

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Shake bittersweet Rice

From a sheltered brittle Bush

Harvest has its price

_______

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Warku #14

Posted by James McPherson on September 25, 2008

This is the 14th of a series related to Bush’s war, perhaps the most astoundingly stupid presidential event in American history. Also see Warku #1, #2, #3#4#5, #6#7, #8, #9, #10#11#12, and #13.

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War is hell, he said

As if he had ever been

Your kids go instead

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Warku #13

Posted by James McPherson on September 24, 2008

This is the 13th of a series related to Bush’s war, perhaps the most astoundingly stupid presidential event in American history. Also see Warku #1, #2, #3#4#5, #6#7, #8, #9, #10#11 and #12.

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God save George the King

Chinese car magnets for troops

Who don’t mean a thing

_______

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Warku #12

Posted by James McPherson on September 23, 2008

This is the 12th of a series related to Bush’s war, perhaps the most astoundingly stupid presidential event in American history. Also see Warku #1, #2, #3#4#5, #6#7, #8, #9, #10, and #11.

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Soldiers bravely toil

Thousands come home draped with flags

From their war for oil

_______

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Warku #11

Posted by James McPherson on September 21, 2008

This is the 11th of a series related to Bush’s war, perhaps the most astoundingly stupid presidential event in American history. Also see Warku #1, #2, #3#4#5, #6#7, #8, #9. and #10.

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Don’t count on the press

To learn what’s fact or fiction

The real truth? Just guess

_______

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Warku #10

Posted by James McPherson on September 18, 2008

This is the 10th of a series related to Bush’s war, perhaps the most astoundingly stupid presidential event in American history. Also see Warku #1, #2, #3#4#5, #6#7, #8. and #9.

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Let’s not be out-Foxed

Lapel flags in great demand

How about those Sox?

_______

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Warku #9

Posted by James McPherson on September 17, 2008

This is the ninth of a series related to Bush’s war, perhaps the most astoundingly stupid presidential event in American history. Also see Warku #1, #2, #3#4#5, #6#7. and #8.

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Flags throughout the land

Jingoistic fervor reigns

Don a black armband

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Warku #8

Posted by James McPherson on September 16, 2008

This is the eighth of a series related to Bush’s war, perhaps the most astoundingly stupid presidential event in American history. Also see Warku #1, #2, #3#4#5, #6 and #7.

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Please world wish us well

And God bless America

Killing infidels

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