Behind Us

Dick Cheney’s shotgun. Iraq.
Curveball. Weapons inspectors.
Aluminum tubes. Saddam
in a spider’s lair. WMD. Nucular.
Addington and Yoo. Learned
helplessness. Stress positions.
Abu Ghraib. Mouth-foam, dogs
near genitals. Sabrina Harman.
Thumbs-up. Charles Graner. How

many dead (us), how many dead
(them): The Lancet. The who cares?
Walter Reed. The shakes, the sweats.
PTSD. Shock and awe. Shock
without awe. Dubya kind of sort of
all right. Jane Mayer’s The Dark Side:
remaindered at Border’s.