New White House Strategy on Iraq
by Calvin Trillin
It seems now we'll get out, but in a way
Designed by White House spinners to convey
That George the Resolute would not endorse
A plan reversing vows to stay the course.
So they'll devise some "benchmarks" for Iraq
To meet. Or, quite reluctantly, they'll back
Some Plan B by a mover or a shaker--
Perhaps the plan devised by Jimmy Baker.
That all takes time. They cannot move much faster
Or they'd admit Iraq is a disaster.
From now on out, it's getting clear, what passes
For policy is coverage of their asses.
And those who die while this is in committee?
What must the White House think: "Oh, them? Oh, pity."
Deadline Poet, The Nation (www.thenation.com)