October 21, 2012

FRIEND OF THE DEVIL:

The growing hysteria of the administration's posture on Cambodia seems to me to reflect a determined refusal to consider what the fall of  the existing government in Phnom Penh would actually mean.... We should be able to see that the kind of government which would succeed Lon Nol's forces would most likely be a government ... run by some of the best-educated, most able intellectuals in Cambodia. 
        -Senator George McGovern

Whatever else may be true of the life and work of George McGovern, the one unavoidable tragedy of his career is that he wanted a world in which we befriended the USSR, helping them to maintain the Iron Curtain in exchange for "peace".

One can't help but recall the line from Robert D. Kaplan's assessment of Henry Kissinger: "In perceiving the Soviet Union as permanent, orderly, and legitimate, Kissinger shared a failure of analysis with the rest of the foreign-policy elite -- notably excepting the scholar and former head of the State Department's policy-planning staff George Kennan, the Harvard historian Richard Pipes, the British scholar and journalist Bernard Levin, and the Eureka College graduate Ronald Reagan."




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