McNamara and Co./1

by Mark Chmiel

In his 1995 book, In Retrospect
Former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara
[translation: former Secretary of Aggression)
Made an apology to the American public

For the harms brought to the country
Because of his unwillingness
To ruffle the feathers of his superiors
By saying that there was no way to win the war

But as to any message
To the Vietnamese people
Who were slaughtered year after year
Not a word

The Empire’s officials
Never pay reparations
Never are subjected to criminal courts
Never admit guilt

Contemporary example: GWB
Launched aggression against Iraq in 2003
Now he receives $100,000 for a talk
As he walks about  a free man

–novel-in-progress, Our Heroic and Ceaseless 24/7 Struggle against Tsuris

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