October 15, 2013
History Doesn’t Repeat Itself…

…but it sure keeps on rhyming. This is from Garry Wills’ 1981 book, The Kennedy Imprisonment:

…Over and over in our recent history, presidents have claimed they had to act tough in order to disarm those demanding that they act tough. The only way to become a peacemaker is first to disarm the warmakers by making a little successful war. And if the little war becomes a big one, it must be pursued energetically or the “hawks” will capitalize on the failure. War wins, either way. If you are for it, you wage it. And if you are against it, you wage it.

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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at October 15, 2013 11:56 AM
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