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They Eat Puppies, Don't They? by Christopher Buckley
In They Eat Puppies, Don't They?, Washington lobbyist Walter "Bird" McIntyre is working for a defense contractor seeking funding from Congress for a new weapons system. Unfortunately, they need an enemy to provide the rationale for the weapon. Bird, with the help of long-legged, blonde, archconservative, and universally-hated Angel Templeton, concoct the rumor that the Chinese are trying to kill the Dalai Lama. When the Dalai Lama becomes ill, the rumor is assumed to be true, precipitating an international incident. Both Washington and Beijing scramble to both defuse the situation and use it to their advantage. Christopher Buckley's satire has received mostly positive reviews with the Cleveland Plain Dealer saying, "Buckley skewers ideologues and turf-defenders with an abandon that is anything but reckless. Without telling jokes, he is nonstop funny. His reader is caught up wondering what will happen next, and how outrageous it might be. The answer: very outrageous indeed."