We need a Truman
In 1970 Nixon thought the best thing to do was to bomb Cambodia. His rationale was expressed in a speech from which I quote the following:
“If, when the chips are down, the world’s most powerful nation, the United States of America, acts like a pitiful, helpless giant, the forces of totalitarianism and anarchy will threaten free nations and free institutions throughout the world.”
What followed was the takeover of Cambodia by the Khmer Rouge and the subsequent killing of over 2 million Cambodians. Some will say that was not a direct result. However, if the U.S. had kept its WMD out of Cambodia, it is very likely that the Khmer Rouge would not have gained power. Yes, you can argue the point.
In 1947 Greece and Turkey were struggling against the forces of communism in their countries and asked for help. President Harry S. Truman gave a speech in support of this help.
In it he said, “To ensure the peaceful development of nations, free from coercion, the United States has taken a leading part in establishing the United Nations. The United Nations is designed to make possible lasting freedom and independence for all its members.
“We shall not realize our objectives, however, unless we are willing to help free peoples to maintain their free institutions and their national integrity against aggressive movements that seek to impose on them totalitarian regimes.
“This is no more than a frank recognition that totalitarian regimes imposed on free peoples, by direct or indirect aggression, undermine the foundations of international peace and hence the security of the United States.”
With the Truman Doctrine and the Marshal Plan, and with the aid of Reagan’s ending the Cold War, all of Europe and somewhat beyond is free.
I believe the history lesson here is that George W. Bush equals Nixon and that we desperately need a Truman in the presidency.
One more thought. Bill Clinton was a liar. However, he had a very great understanding of world economics and the U.S. prospered under his presidency to the point where we had no national debt to speak of.
George W. Bush has brought the U.S. economy to its knees with the LARGEST deficit in its history. In just three years! That you cannot argue.
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