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September 16, 2002 Issue

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  • Column

    Richard Perle: Whose Fault Is He?

    Consider kids who bullied Richard Perle--
    Those kids who said Perle threw just like a girl,
    Those kids who poked poor Perle to show how soft
    A mamma's boy could be, those kids who oft-
    Times pushed poor Richard down and could be heard
    Addressing him as Sissy, Wimp or Nerd.
    Those kids have got a lot to answer for,
    'Cause Richard Perle now wants to start a war.
    The message his demeanor gets across:
    He'll show those playground bullies who's the boss.
    He still looks soft, but when he writes or talks
    There is no tougher dude among the hawks.
    And he's got planes and ships and tanks and guns--
    All manned, of course, by other people's sons.

    Calvin Trillin


  • Hijackers I Have Known

    I have met three hijackers in my life, and I hope I do not sound crabby and disillusioned if I add that the standard of hijacking is not what it used to be.

    Christopher Hitchens

  • Dick Cheney’s Nightmare of Peace

    In the dreams of Dick Cheney, to which I am not privy, I imagine there are boldly contrasting scenes of victory and despair.

    Robert Scheer