August 2, 2008


McCain and Obama: Different Kinds of Men (Richard Reeves, 8/02/08, Real Clear Politics)

A thoughtful President Obama might have blown the Berlin crisis of 1948, allowing the Soviet blockade of western Berlin to drive the Allies out of the German capital and, perhaps, changed the history of Europe and the world -- for the worst. After all, President Truman, history-steeped but still a gut guy, stood alone against his Cabinet, the National Security Council and the Joint Chiefs of Staff to gamble that Berlin could be maintained by an Allied airlift of food and fuel.

But, then, an emotional guy like McCain might have started World War III in 1962 by reacting quickly and emotionally to the news that the Soviet Union had sneaked nuclear-tipped missiles into Cuba.

Instead we sentenced the Cuban people to an additional 50 years in the gulag and needlessly extended the Cold War by thirty. The thoughtful guys always get it wrong, the visceral only often.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 2, 2008 7:28 AM

It came out a couple of weeks ago, Kruschev creamed Kennedy in their first meeting. He did what he did in Cuba because he believed a cub like Kennedy could only yelp not roar. Thus, there would not be a Cuban crisis if McCain were in the White House in 1962.

Posted by: ic at August 2, 2008 11:33 AM
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