Today’s Poem Has Been Preempted by 70 Tomahawk Cruise Missiles

I
Now that Obama’s poll numbers are in tailspin –
watch for him to launch a strike in Libya or Iran.
He is desperate.
– Donald J. Trump, October 9th, 2012

Obama’s approval rating, 10/8-14/2012
50% approve
45% disapprove

Trump’s approval rating, April 6th, 2017
40.4% approve
53.7% disapprove

II
AGAIN, TO OUR VERY FOOLISH LEADER,
DO NOT ATTACK SYRIA
– IF YOU DO
MANY VERY BAD THINGS WILL HAPPEN
&
FROM THAT FIGHT THE U.S. GETS
NOTHING!
– Donald J. Trump, September 5th, 2013

III
…when, with modest effort and risk, we can
stop children from being gassed to death,
and thereby makes our kids safer over the long run,
I believe we should act.
…that is what makes America
different.
That is what makes us
exceptional.
– Barack Obama, September 10th, 2013

IV
2014 cost of a Tomahawk missile:
$1,590,000.00

Estimated cost to fire 70 missiles in 2017:
$114,520,000.00

V

Estimated Syrian refugees based on UN estimate from March 2016:
6,130,000 – 6,320,000

Registered Syrian refugees as of March 2017:
5,020,470

VI
Christ
How much bombing airfields
could have done four years ago,
how little it might do now

I have nothing more to say

(I am dissolving in quotes
and statistics
and half-formed ideas about
American exceptionalism)

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