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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Let's Not Try to Injure Them

While our President is resigned to Iran's going nuclear, he is not taking it lying down, rather, according to the New York Post, intends sending Iran the equivalent of a sharply-worded memo in protest.
President Obama's team is busy dropping hints he will not use military force, even as a last resort. As Iran went on a provocative missile-firing binge last weekend, Defense Secretary Robert Gates downplayed the effectiveness of an American attack, saying at best, it would buy time.

Then there's Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. In what initially seemed a gaffe, but now looks like our policy, she said in July the United States would extend its defense umbrella to neutralize Iran "once they have a nuclear weapon."

Coming from two of the most hawkish members of the Obama White House, those remarks mean the United States is relying on UN sanctions. That's a bad bet. Without a credible military threat from Washington, most Iranian leaders, even the so-called moderates, will see no reason to halt the atomic project.
Well then. Since our trepid leader is Harvard Law '91 and (as my late pa liked to say), "You can always tell a Harvard man but you can't tell him much," what else can we do but lustily sing Tom Lehrer's Harvard Fight Song?

Fight fiercely, Harvard,
Fight, fight, fight!
Demonstrate to them our skill.
Albeit they possess the might,
Nonetheless we have the will.
How we shall celebrate our victory,
We shall invite the whole team up for tea.
(How jolly!)
Hurl that spheroid down the field, and
Fight, fight, fight!

Fight fiercely, Harvard,
Fight, fight, fight!
Impress them with our prowess, do!
Oh, fellows, do not let the Crimson down,
Be of stout heart and true.
Come on, chaps, fight for Harvard's glorious name,
Won't it be peachy if we win the game?
(Oh, goody!)
Let's try not to injure them, but
Fight, fight, fight!
Let's not be rough, though.
Fight, fight, fight!
And do fight fiercely!
Fight, fight, fight!

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