They Eat Puppies, Don’t They?

By Christopher Buckley

The Short Take:

It’s another brilliant skewering by Buckley. This time he goes after lobbyists, Washington “think tanks,” weapon systems manufacturers, and the Chinese government; with side orders of Civil War reenactments and international equestrian events. As always, it is outrageously good fun.


Even though he is the son of William F. Buckley, this Buckley’s books don’t have a partisan political slant — everyone and everything related to the government is fair game. His plots involve schemes that go wrong, layers of complications, a surprising resolution, and caricatures of characters. They are a blast to read.

This one is no exception. Who knew the threat of WWIII could be so amusing? I do wonder how the Dalai Lama will feel about the made-up  controversy his death creates, however. Do you suppose his people read books like this?

A Little Plot:

When a weapons system manufacturer has trouble getting funding for a new system through Congress, he sets his main lobbyist up as a foundation focusing on national security and Far Eastern issues. His goal — to get people as nervous as possible about China so Congress will be glad to buy more weapons systems.

For help, the lobbyist/foundation head enlists the aid of the director of The Institute for Continuing Conflict, which is all in favor of preemptive strikes. The big plan: feed the public the idea that the Chinese are trying to kill the Dalai Lama, inspired by a news item about his being too sick for a scheduled meeting with the Pope.

Of course, the Chinese are involved with the Dalai Lama, but not that way. And the Chinese President is barely clinging to power over his military and security ministers.

So, what could possibly go wrong? Try everything. Except for readers.

Supposedly Buckley has a blog, but I could only find articles about it (not that I spent much time looking), so, once again, it’s Google for you.

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