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There has been a monsoon of indignant shock expressed by world leaders at the revelation of U.S. spying on its allies.  Of course, every other country with capabilities is doing the same.  A country is your counted friend until it no longer serves its leaders’ selfish ideation of national interest.  So, what’s new? Here’s what some world leaders might be thinking.

(To tune of “Can’t We Be Friends,” by Paul James & Kay Swift (1929))

Verse – Merkel
I thought that we were allies at last
Left the past
How the iron curtain descends
When eyes of spies abound
Don’t say, “Can’t we be friends?”

Verse – Putin
I thought the cold war frigid as old
Love that cold
Oh, the propaganda this lends
Here is your common ground
Don’t say, “Can’t we be friends?”

Bridge – All
Spy, don’t get caught
Was the credo we’d bought
‘Till Snowden blew off the lid
Indeed he did, indeed he did!

Verse – Obama
I thought there were just tongue & cheek rules
Kept by fools
Justify the means to your ends
A policy profound
But now, “Can’t we be friends?”

Lyric © 2013 by Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
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