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    "If, when the chips are down, the world's most powerful nation, the United States of America, acts like a pitiful, helpless giant, the forces of totalitarianism and anarchy will threaten free nations and free institutions throughout the world."

    I watched Richard Nixon say this on TV -- live, I think.  I had just started medical school, and as I remember I saw it in the TV watching room of the med school dorm.  
    When he got to the "pitiful, helpless giant" part it struck me that he was very likely identifying with his image of the nation, and was lamenting his own impotence -- literally, his inability to get up.  So I think Nixon extended the war into Cambodia and prolonged it as a psychological compensation.

    We're all pretty strange one way or another; some of us just hide it better. "Normal" is a dryer setting.

    by david78209 on Mon Oct 20, 2008 at 07:57:13 AM PDT

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