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The Porcupine's Quill:  A Satire Column
by Arshad M. Khan
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Porcupine's Quill
August 10, 2014


News Item:  Hillary Clinton criticizes Obama's policy in Syria after ISIS inroads into

But you had such a wonderful smile though some said it was fake ... why the hissing?  
How come you didn't learn from your old boss ... the smile's the thing?

That's a lot of charges and assertions ... I merely like to call a spade a spade ... er, I
mean, tell it like it is ...

A poorly chosen metaphor in the age of political correctness ... might even lose you
an election ...

What election?  Who said I am running?  You mean the book ...

Well, I suppose if one thinks about it, that really wasn't much work ... plenty of hacks
to put it together after you dictate an outline -- but the book tour must have been
exhausting ...

(Smiles and hisses) some of us never forget our friends and enemies ...

Must be confusing when they rotate ... like in Syria for example.  Weren't you leading
the fight to arm the rebels?  And now the group favored by our friends the Saudis
has morphed from the al-Nusra Front into a rampaging ISIS dragon.  Our Special
Forces 'advisers' are facing American arms and training hidden from the public eye
by the claims of weapons taken from the Iraqi army -- probably partly true but hardly
the whole story.

Are you asking me questions or interviewing yourself?  You seem to have all the

Well, as one who has traded commodities, let me turn to ...

There you go again.  I told you before I used the Wall Street Journal ...

Turning $1000 into a $100,000 within a year reading the WSJ is about as likely as
winning the lottery dozens of times.  And why would anyone with such a  
money-minting skill stop?

(Hisses) I told you before ... It got to be too nerve wracking.  Anyway it's peanuts now
... I make that and more in a speech ...