Friday, August 13, 2004

You’re not and there is
Woodrow Wilson based his campaign on the slogan 'He Kept Us Out of War!' FDR campaigned for a third term by pledging to keep America out of 'the European war'. Dean Acheson, Harry Truman's secretary of state, said that Korea was outside the defensive parameter of the United States - while Kim Il-Sung's troops were massing at the 38th Parallel. LBJ said in his acceptance speech at the Democratic Convention in 1964 that 'We seek no wider war' in Vietnam. April Glaspie, US ambassador under George H.W. Bush, told Saddam Hussein that 'We have no opinion on your Arab-Arab conflicts, such as your dispute with Kuwait... [t]he Kuwaiti issue is not associated with America.

And finally George W. Bush, while he was sending US troops to the Middle East, told America that war was 'the last resort'. Am I crazy or is there a frighteningly clear pattern here?

- Mark F. Wheeler, Philadelphia (source)

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