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Thanks, this is a very well put and comprehensive diary.

Just this :

The slander proved to be so successful that it led the  Kennedy and Johnson administrations to pursue a disastrous policy in Vietnam, ..., in large part to prove their anticommunist bona fides.

How would you substantiate this?

As to how this tragedy will unfold, my own prediction is that everything will just crash down when either

  • the perpetual war is lost, because they will eventually overstrain their military resources, or
  • they overstrain the economy and/or the currency and the US will just go broke.
by balbuz on Wed May 17th, 2006 at 04:22:46 PM EST
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I think both Kennedy and Johnson veered to the right on issues involving confrontations with Communist regimes in order to defuse the standard right wing attack that Dems (FDR, Truman, Stevenson, etc.) had been soft on communism.

As for going broke, my country is halfway there.  Debt levels (trade, government, personal) are at all time highs.

That's why I put money in gold last year.  I've nearly doubled my investment.

by Steven D on Wed May 17th, 2006 at 04:34:32 PM EST
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