Writing political satire can be difficult. Too many jokes about swift boats or birth certificates can immediately date a novel. On the other hand, too broad a satire feels toothless—there’s no shortage of complaints about politics in general. They Eat Puppies, Don’t They?, the latest from Thank You For Smoking and Boomsday author Christopher Buckley, manages to sidestep this issue entirely by not really being satirical at all. Instead of poking fun at the American political process and its propensity for warmongering, it ends up working as an homage to a system that eventually rewards sanity and caution.