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The Porcupine's Quill:  A Satire Column
by Arshad M. Khan
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Porcupine's Quill
May 21, 2017


News Item:  President Trump meets King Salman and joins in traditional Saudi sword

You have a light step Mr. President.

But not your experienced moves.

Come, let us sit down and have tea.  The sword dancers can complete the dance.

Don't you have those other kind of dancers?

What do you mean?

You know the girls in diaphanous pants with curly toed shoes ...

Oh?  You mean the Hollywood version of us ...

Well, whatever ...

No, no!  We don't have that ... not any more.

What about the famous belly dancers?

You have us confused.  That's Egyptian and Turkish ...

I must remember to send a note to Sisi and Erdogan.

Don't worry!  They'll know by now -- there are spies everywhere -- and Mossad will
know too.  Maybe Netanyahu can put on a show when you are there.

Oh!  He's got too many problems.  Let's talk about something else.  I mean Syria.

I noticed the show you put on.

Just a nip in the tail to show the Iranians there (and the Syrians) I mean business.

Nipping a snake in the tail is dangerous my friend.  My predecessor used to say ...

I know.  "Cut off the head of a snake."  But if I keep cutting off the tail bit by bit, I
reach the head.

It's a big snake.  Be careful it doesn't bite ...