by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

With politicians up to the old wazoo
you gotta’ admit there are quite a few,
must we sit and listen
yo the old, “I’m a gonna’s”
and the stuff they say we gotta do?

Now it ain’t hard
to see the facts I say,
to me there is no other way
to change the present situation
and free up the nation than
to bring home all the troops today.

Everybody has their own ideas
on how to end this here situation
but speaking for myself
and nobody else,
we don’t owe those 
people one damn thing.

I feel for their frustration
and their fear as a nation
to be left to their own resorts.
They do not have the moxie
or the power to make it work
as a nation with sensibilities.

However, let me say
in my own simple way
that we cannot forever be
their caring mentors.
We have problems of our own
right here at home that
need our rapt attention.
So let’s put down the guns
pick up our brass and
move back off the firing line.
Amen and Semper Fi!

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The author: Robert Lin Cook served with Reg. Weapons Co. (2d-2d) from 1942-44, at Guadalcanal and Tarawa during a 33-month overseas tour.

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