Magazine article The Spectator

Statement from the Secretary of Defense

Magazine article The Spectator

Statement from the Secretary of Defense

Article excerpt

This one we didn't know we didn't know:

At least, I didn't. You, you might have known

You didn't know. Let's say that might be so.

You knew, with wisdom granted you alone,

You didn't know. You say, but don't say how,

You knew we didn't know about abuse

Or lack of it in their gaols we run now.

Well, now we all know. I make no excuse:

In fact it's far worse than you think. You thought

You knew how bad it was? If you could see

The photos in this classified report

You'd know you knew, as usual, less than me.

You want to see a stress position? Look

At how I crouch to meet the President

And tell him this has not gone by the book.

How do I know he won't know what I meant?

I just know what he'll say, with hanging head:

'They don't know what pain is, these foreign folks.

Pain is to know you don't know what gets said

Behind your back, except you know the jokes. …

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