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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-28-13 04:46 AM
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Supposedly, Truman later regretted the CIA, but guess what? It's still here.
I think you did get the big picture right. Blew my mind. I have found nothing inconsistent with it since.

Every time they get scared of us, they throw us a couple of bones with just a bit of meat on them, then pull them away again as soon as the crisis is behind them.

I think Johnson's Great Society may have been an except to that. On the other hand, maybe it was about an attempt to get re-elected in 1968.

Because of Vietnam, Johnson had plenty of reasonto think that he might not get the nomination of his own party in 1968. (That was before the Kennedy Carter fight made it a "law" that you don't put an incumbent to a primary fight.) Maybe he thought something grand, like the Great Society, would compensate? In any event, it became plain to him that he might well not win the nomination and he decided to go out as President instead of risking going out as the defeated Democratic primary candidate of 1968.

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