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COMMENT ON: A Vietnam Book That Haunts the US in Afghanistan

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I hope this is widely read. And I hope we remember other roots of the mentality that gave us Vietnam such as HUAC and McCarthy.

I see the Dulles Brothers as the fathers of the country we now live in. And I believe the current crisis is to be laid at the feet not merely of liberals who should have known better but of the country as a whole, for knowingly accepting a charade as the truth, and willingly paying the incredible costs involved in fomenting disaster here and far beyond our borders in the name of national security.

Hindsight may be 20/20 but I believe it is fair to say that men like Stanley Kubrick saw it while JFK was still alive. Perhaps JFK also saw it, though he befriended McCarthy. But the assassinations of the 1960s served the interests of the military-industrial complex and LBJ and Nixon were the perfect pair to escalate the death toll beyond belief and to our still festering shame.

We need to support President Obama now. And to ensure the slow process of going back to the start of this and removing its scabrous reality from the body politic. The force of today’s media-assisted hate campaign cannot be allowed to win the day.

And to the virtues you evoke I would add national repentance, fully confident, sadly, that this is most unlikely.

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COMMENT ON: Huckabee: Kennedy Would Have Been Urged To Die Earlier Under ObamaCare

There was a brief moment when he entered the 2008 campaign that I thought this man might have what the late Joseph Welch called decency in the Army-McCarthy hearings. It is worth rereading that famous exchange.

http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/welch-mccarthy.html

I have little doubt that what has turned Huckabee from a person with at least a shred of decency into someone whose decency quota is, at least today, zero, is the atmosphere and ethos of the organization that now pays his salary.

Welch finished McCarthy with this exchange. I hope this linkage will at least give Huckabee pause and stimulate some open penitence in the form of a public apology.
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