September 22, 2009

AND THE FAILURE OF TRUMAN, IKE AND JFK TO LISTEN TO LEMAY...:

Is Afghan surge Obama's Cuba moment? (Giles Whittell , 9/22/09, Times of London)

There’s a great scene in Thirteen Days, the film about the Cuban missile crisis, in which Kevin Conway as General Curtis LeMay tells President Kennedy: “The big red dog is diggin’ in our backyard, and we are justified in shooting him!”

Kennedy takes a deep breath and a walk along the West Wing colonnade, and rejects LeMay’s advice.

If Barack Obama has seen the film, he will not have forgotten that scene. His generals are not urging him to rain nuclear bombs on the Taleban, but they are putting him in the desperately lonely position that only a President can know, in which as Commander-in-Chief he must give orders to military men who know vastly more about military affairs than he does.


...extended the life of the Soviet Union for forty years and of Castro for over forty.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 22, 2009 8:22 AM
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