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DemocratSinceBirth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 07:45 PM
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"The History Boys"
We are a long way from the glory days of Mission Accomplished, when the Iraq war was over before it was overindeed before it really beganand the president could dress up like a fighter pilot and land on an aircraft carrier, and the nation, led by a pliable media, would applaud. Now, late in this sad, terribly diminished presidency, mired in an unwinnable war of their own making, and increasingly on the defensive about events which, to their surprise, they do not control, the president and his men have turned, with some degree of desperation, to history. In their view Iraq under Saddam was like Europe dominated by Hitler, and the Democrats and critics in the media are likened to the appeasers of the 1930s. The Iraqi people, shorn of their immensely complicated history, become either the people of Europe eager to be liberated from the Germans, or a little nation that great powerful nations ought to protect. Most recently in this history rummage saleand perhaps most surprisinglyBush has become Harry Truman.


http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2007/08/hal...
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mohinoaklawnillinois Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 07:48 PM
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1. I posted a link to this piece by David Halberstam on Friday.
It sank like a stone, but I think it's one of the best I've read in a long time.

Thanks for reposting it. I hope it gets the attention is truly deserves.

K & R
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DemocratSinceBirth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 07:59 PM
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2. It Is An Awesome Read
I wish I could write half as well and I did post-grad work in Government...

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mohinoaklawnillinois Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 08:08 PM
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3. The thing I loved about it was the way Mr. Halberstam (RIP)
connected the right-wing Pukes and their hatred of FDR and Truman to the present assholes in charge.

It was brilliantly written. Our nation lost a great historian and writer when Mr. Halberstam was killed in that car accident. He was definitely one of the "best and the brightest".
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DemocratSinceBirth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 08:16 PM
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4. When I Was A Kid This Old Guy Would Always Tell Me That FDR Sold Out Eastern Europe At Yalta...
As if there were really other choices....
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nealmhughes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 08:38 PM
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5. Or else Stalin got Zhukov to get there first while we were bogged down in France!
We need to remember that Bulgaria and Hungary as well as Romania were members of the Axis!
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DemocratSinceBirth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 08:40 PM
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6. The Soviets Had Created Facts On The Ground
The American public wouldn't have tolerated a war about the spoils of war...
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nealmhughes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 09:00 PM
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8. The split wasn't official until we were rested up enough from WW II.
Then in 48 came the Long Telegram and also the First Berlin Crisis, then Budapest. . .
Pretty smart to have waited in the long run, wasn't it? Now NATO has all of them and the EU well on its way!
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ellisonz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 08:59 PM
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7. Excellent essay.
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tom_paine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 05:37 AM
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9. Another guy dead in an "accident" shortly before criticizaing the Busheviks in public
Would these murderers have their friends whack someone because of this?

I don't know but, as always, having Halberstam out of the way is an incredible stroke of luck for the Royal Bushies. Did the obedient ex-CIA Loyal Bushies like Charlie Kane make it happen?

We shall never know but at this point I am always suspicious when a critic of The Bushie Party dies in an "accident", the sme way and for the same reason I'd be suspicious if a person publicly critical of the Nazi party died in an accident shortly before his article was to be published.

Probably not, but it is a question that bears asking.
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