Wednesday, September 23, 2009


(With much appreciation for Lewis Carroll's "The Walrus and the Carpenter" from which the meter (and more) were rather shamelessly stolen)

The sun shone down on Turtle Bay,
as if to pick a fight:
It did its very best to bring
The actions there to light--
And this was odd, because it was
The middle of the night.

The moon was shining sulkily,
Because she thought the sun
Had got no business to be there
After the day was done--
"It's very rude of him," she said,
"To come and spoil the fun!"

The Council members all were there,
Security was loose.
You'd never hear the drums of war
Since they'd declared a truce!
But still all fighting carried on--
As if it were obtuse.

Obama and the U.N. Lords
Were walking hand in hand;
They wept like anything to see
Such discord in the land:
"If peace were only breaking out,"
They said, "it would be grand!"

"If I looked them clearly in the eye
And used my magic voice.
Do you suppose," Obama said,
"That they would have a choice?"
"I doubt it," said the U.N. Lords,
And shed a happy tear.

"O nations, come and walk with us!"
Obama did entreat.
"A pleasant walk, a pleasant talk,
Before the Council Meet.
We extend to you our unclenched fist,
To show there's no deceit."

Some smarter nations looked at him,
But didn't say a thing:
They saw the glitter in his eyes,
And knew what that would bring;
They would not walk, they would not talk
They understood the sting.

But several nations hurried up,
All eager for this prize,
They claimed they never got respect
They felt so victimized,
And this was odd, because, you know,
They always uttered lies.

Four other nations followed them,
And yet another four;
And thick and fast they came at last,
And more, and more, and more--
All looking for someone to blame,
And Obama had the cure.

Obama and the U.N. Lords
Talked on for hours it seemed,
And when they stopped the nations all
Smiled--in fact they beamed
And all the nations stood and clapped
It was all that they had dreamed.

"The time has come," Obama said,
"To talk reality:
Of peace--and nukes--and climate change--
Of brotherhood--and Me--
And why I am so wonderful
I'm sure you all agree."

"Oh yes," the first four nations said,
"Now that we've have our chat;
You've left us really speechless,
And eager for combat!"
"No hurry!" said the U.N. Lords.
There's lots of time for that.

"A sacrifice," Obama said,
"Is what we chiefly need:
I offer up my own dear land
A land that's filled with greed--
Now if you're ready, nations all,
You can begin to feed."

"Yes, how kind you are!" the nations cried,
And never skipped a beat.
"After kindness and naivete,
We cheer on your defeat!"
"Ah social justice!" Obama sighed.
"It's all so very neat..."

"It seems a shame," Obama said,
"To waste my special gift;
It could be used for all you know--
To give the world a lift!"
The Nations said nothing but
"That's spreading it too thick!"

"We weep for you," the Nations said:
"We deeply sympathize."
With sobs and tears they sorted out
Their peaces of the prize,
Holding up their handkerchiefs
Before their streaming eyes.

"O Nations," said the U.N. Lords,
"We need a man like O!
He can lead us all to hope and change!'
And steer us far from woe--
And as Secretary General
He'll put on a lovely show.


Obama's speech to the UN.

Jennifer Rubin:
Now, in his four pillars of foreign policy, what was missing? Why, human rights and democracy, of course....The president keeps telling us he isn’t naive (funny how Ronald Reagan and even Bill Clinton didn’t have to keep compulsively telling us that). Well, maybe he’s just incredibly cynical. Or uninterested in facing the real dangers to America and its allies. In his view, they simply don’t exist.

Ahmadinejad is now speaking lecturing us in morality at the U.N.

UPDATE: They are both anti-capitalist, anti-Imperialism, social justice seekers. Take your pick as the Demagogue of the Day:


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