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The US Defense Budget



There are many classic poems about the foolishness of war. Can John Heelan jog my memory about the author of the poem with the refrain "T'was a famous victory"? He sends us this gem: "I've just stumbled across this thoughtful little poem penned in 1951 by the American poet, Langston Hughes (1902-1967) that seems to me appropriate to contemporary US Defense policy and perhaps should be attached to the Budget's front-page".

"Green Memory" (1951) by Langston Hughes

A wonderful time- the War:
when money rolled in
and blood rolled out.

But blood
was far away
from here-

Money was near.

Ronald Hilton - 2/13/02


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