Xah Lee's Unixism
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Thu Sep 16 17:57:31 CEST 2004
In article <tqm7jqwrdxc.fsf at drizzle.com>,
Patrick Scheible <kkt at drizzle.com> wrote:
> Morten Reistad <firstname at lastname.pr1v.n0> writes:
> > I do not agree. Kennedy and Clinton had a lousy foreign-policy
> > record. The Bay of Pigs, Vietnam, the Cuba crisis were all
> > examples of glorious miscalculations. Ditto Rwanda, Somalia, and
> > the
> Vietnam was certainly a catastrophe, but the blame goes to Johnson,
> not Kennedy. There were only a few thousand U.S. troops in training
> and advisory roles in Vietnam by Kennedy's assassination. Johnson
> decided to escalate the war and have U.S. forces fight directly.
> Even the best presidents can't have nothing but successes. The Bay of
> Pigs was a failure, but at least Kennedy didn't compound the mistake
> by sending in U.S. troops where Cuban expats failed.
> -- Patrick
His mistake, was IIRC, promising air cover and then not delivering. Hey,
that's a mistake that has been made by real military leaders.
Guns don't kill people; automobiles kill people.
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