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  •  There is such a post... (3+ / 0-)

    It's called "president" and the job was actually done quite nicely by Teddy, Franklin and Lyndon Baines... though, sadly, Lyndon will forever remain under the atrocious cloud that was Vietnam.

    Montesquieu and Locke are rolling in their graves right now...

    by Mannabass on Thu Jan 08, 2009 at 12:14:30 PM PST

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    •  I wanted my beautiful bride, (2+ / 0-)
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      and instead, I got that bitch of a war.
      LB Johnson

      •  Disagree. (0+ / 0-)

        What he got was Medicaid and Medicare.  What he's remembered for is the escalation of a conflict that was started by Eisenhower, at the urging of the French.
        You know, the Vietnamese were our allies in WWII... they helped us fight Japan.  After their success at throwing the Japanese out for us, at the victory ceremony, festivities were kicked off to the Star Spangled Banner, played by a local Vietnamese marching band.
        Too bad Americans don't understand the finer points between Soviet style communism and Asian style Nationalist communism.  Not the same at all, Vietnam originally wanted to be an American client state, post WWII.

        Montesquieu and Locke are rolling in their graves right now...

        by Mannabass on Thu Jan 08, 2009 at 04:36:24 PM PST

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        •  The thought wasn't mine, (1+ / 0-)
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          but Johnson's.
          And yes, I have read Carol Young's Vietnam Wars.

          •  Yes. (0+ / 0-)

            I was disagreeing with Johnson.  The Great Society wasn't perfect, but the fact that our government could pass that amount of legislation through Congress is mind blowing.
            LBJ will forever be the quintessential deal maker.
            I have not read the book you reference, but perhaps I will check it out.  I'm kind of over reading about that war... too depressing.

            Montesquieu and Locke are rolling in their graves right now...

            by Mannabass on Fri Jan 09, 2009 at 12:08:02 PM PST

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