. . . But Sadly, the Replacement Poem Spells Out 'Douglas Feith'

Apparently, the Pakistani education system has hit upon a stunning new refinement of Hooked-on-Phonics. The BBC reports that an English textbook intended for 16-year-old high school students features a poem arranged so that the first letter of each line vertically spells out "President George W. Bush." After a public outcry, the poem has been deleted. But some of its more stirring couplets include:

Eyes that have foresight, for hindsight won't do,

Never backs down when he sees what is true,

Tells it all straight, and means it all too. . .

Bracing for war, but praying for peace,

Using his power so evil will cease,

So much a leader and worthy of trust,

Here stands a man who will do what he must.

Pakistani officials say they're not sure how the ode to Dubya-riffic virtues made it into the textbook. But a recent theory has it that "it may have been downloaded from the internet by a textbook writer, and later approved for publication by the curriculum committee."

That would explain a lot--except, of course, how Mark Halperin's byline was mysteriously deleted.

Pakistan Deletes Pro-Bush Poem [BBC]


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