Friday, December 5, 2008

A Fable for Hillary

I’ve been sitting on this story for about 6 years. I came up with it before the last recession, but never thought to publish it because the people who really need to hear it would have ignored it. We have a new administration getting ready to take the White House, and this fable is especially for Hillary. I hope she honestly takes it to heart and listens to the moral at the end.

There was an elegant party held in New York, and pretty much all of the ambassadors from the United Nations were in attendance. While the ambassadors were conversing in small groups, the United States ambassador spotted the ambassador of a smaller country that had been causing some trouble to U.S. interests.

The U.S. Ambassador strode right over to the ambassador of the small country, and virtually shouted out: “I’m watching you! You make one dumb move, cause any trouble here or anywhere, I’ll blow your head clean off of your neck! You do anything and I’ll make sure your country suffers for generations!” The entire room fell into an embarrassed silence. “Remember,” said the U.S. Ambassador, “I’m keeping an eye on you!”

While the room started milling about and talking about the U.S. Ambassador’s actions, the ambassador of a European country spots the ambassador of a small country causing problems for the interests of his country. Using the ruckus started by the American as cover, he sidled up next to the ambassador of the troubling country and said: “That was quite an outburst!” Pointing to an ambassador of a country neighboring the country causing trouble, he adds: “By the way, did you hear what that ambassador over there said about your mother?”

The moral of the story is that there is more than one way to skin a cat. America needs to learn how to take care of business without being forced to invade other countries.

-Ed Smallwood

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