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  •  It's not a matter of sweeping it under the rug (1+ / 0-)
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    so much as understanding the history in its context. Few books have ever presented the process by which a historical mistake occurs as meticulously and completely as Halberstam's "The Best and the Brightest", and what is apparent there is that Vietnam is less the singular fault of Johnson the individual as the failure of the storied bipartisan consensus that dominated post-war American foreign policy to understand the role of its own actions in making a bad situation worse in southeast Asia.

    Had Nixon, Rockefeller, or Humphrey been president, we very likely could have seen the same missteps in Vietnam. However, none of them, and not even JFK, could have won the victories Johnson did in finally cashing the check Lincoln wrote in the civil war, and fulfilling the promise of our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution.

    The ranks of the presidents who have actually transformed the substance of our democracy, who have made it their personal mission to actually enfranchise human beings, and who accomplished that goal, are very limited. To my mind the only other member of that club may be Lincoln.

    "It's like we weren't made for this world, But I wouldn't really want to meet someone who was." --Of Montreal

    by andydoubtless on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 12:54:00 PM PST

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