The lessons that I’ve learned in lifeI summarize this way
You learn most from what people do
And not from what they say.
If you have pride in where you’re fromAnd don’t have soap to sell
You won’t object to wearing
A small flag on your lapel
You’d know you govern by the lawAnd not through rules and orders
That countries have their interests
Their traditions and their borders
I speak of one such country
Whose name by now you’ve guessed
Whose people and whose borders lie
Between the East and West
Not so very long agoWith warheads laid in stacks
They gave up all their weapons
‘Cause we said we had their backs
And when the Ukraine asked for helpThey thought we would deliver
But when a push became a shove
We sold them down the river
A doctrine of diplomacy
That Kerry rarely mentions
You can’t cement alliances
With only good intentions
Around the worldThe USA most surely has detractors.
Though looking at it carefully
They mostly are bad actors.
And if we leave our allies twistFor all the world to see
Among the bad-est actors
Is just what we will be.