A War in Nine Stanzas

By Calvin Trillin

IV

Bush said that our security was based

On getting this Saddam erased posthaste.

In crimes Saddam’s C.V. was hardly lacking,

Though that was true when he’d enjoyed our backing.

But now he had these weapons we’d forbidden,

The White House said; we knew where they were hidden.

One saw Saddam Hussein, George Bush implied,

Behind that awful day our people died.

And therefore, Condoleezza Rice allowed,

The next attack might be a mushroom cloud.

And it could come so soon, so said the Bushies,

We had to act at once to save our tushies.

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