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  •  Mansfield actually was qualified (4+ / 0-)

    he was fluent in Japanese. Taught Asian History before entering Congress, and got a Master's from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy,  His thesis was titled "United States-Korea Diplomatic Relations, 1866-1910", which may help explain why Reagan opted to retain him when he became President.

    "Valerie, why am I getting all these emails calling me a classless boor?"

    by TLS66 on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 08:31:49 AM PDT

    •  Exactly. (0+ / 0-)

      It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

      by Radiowalla on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 08:38:25 AM PDT

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    •  I'm ashamed to say I did not know this. (0+ / 0-)

      Thank you for sharing it.

      Ceterum censeo Factionem Republicanam esse delendam.

      by journeyman on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 10:33:49 AM PDT

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    •  Mansfield (1+ / 0-)
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      In both the pre- and post-Dien Bien Phu era, when it came to pushing for deeper and broader American involvement in the Vietnamese civil war, no one was more influential in making that happen than "Asia expert" Mike Mansfield.

      This was at a time when there were plenty of French and American experts on Vietnam who were predicting that Ho Chi Minh was no threat to the U.S. and that an American war there would be a disaster for the Americans just as it was for the French.  Asia specialist Mansfield, a liberal, said it was a good idea, so of course it was.

      Three million Vietnamese were killed as a result.

      Like the neo-con proponents of the Iraq war, Mansfield should never again have been taken seriously on Asian policy after his abysmal performance urging Eisenhower and Kennedy -- against the Kennedy's better instincts -- to go deeper into Vietnam.

      Vietman was an even bigger foreign policy disaster for the U.S. than the Iraq war.

      Still, Mansfield was a relatively decent ambassador to Japan.

      This aggression will not stand, man.

      by kaleidescope on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 11:18:47 AM PDT

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