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10 Nov

Veterans’ Day 2017

Normandy American Cemetery

The McGlynn: Originally Published in 2007

HUBRIS

 Now, tell me, again, what did our President say

as he ended his review of the war in Afghanistan?

 

Did our President say, “I am going to finish the job.”?

I am going to finish the job.” just “I” as in “I, the decider”?

just “I,” not “we,” not “our brave soldiers,” not “our allies,” not “the congress”?

I am going to finish the job.” Did our President say that?

 

Tell me, again, what did our President say?

Did he say, “I am going to finish the job.”

finish” as in “to successfully complete,” “finish” as in “to accomplish”?

finish,” as in “to win,” not “to re-think,” not “to change direction,” not “to bring to an end”?

“I am going to finish the job.” Did our President say that?

 

Tell me, again, what did our President say?

Did he say, “I am going to finish the job“?

the job” as in “a definite piece of work,” “the job” as in a “certain mission”?

the job” as in “the bombing, the killing, the dying,”?

the job” as in “that which we began eight years ago”?

the job” as in his “war of necessity”?

“I am going to finish the job.” Did our President say that?

 

Tell me again, what did our President, Barack Obama, say

as he ended his review of the mess in Afghanistan?

 

“I am going to finish the job.”

 

hubris, as in “arrogance resulting from excessive pride which goes before the fall”

 

 

Mary O’Leary McGlinn

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One Response to “Veterans’ Day 2017”

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    Diana Says:

    Your beautiful poem is a haunting reminder of the tragedy of war that we have experienced and the threat of future war. All too real in the world of our madman so called president. Thank you for sharing your evocative poetry with us on this Veterans Day.

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