Friday, July 10, 2009

Another Look At the Cuban Missile Crisis

Hear a story about the "behind closed doors" events surrounding the Cuban Missile Crisis. I knew about many of the inaccuracies, but I wasn't aware of all of them.

The story stresses the importance of having a thoughtful President in office during a crisis, and it presented a contrast between someone like a George W. Bush and someone like Kennedy. could really use any number of examples for a contrast... it could be George W. Bush Vs. George H.W. Bush. The point is the same.

Sometimes your inner circle of "Best and Brightest" experts doesn't always know what is best in certain situations. Sometimes leaders have to lead and think for themselves. I'm so glad we didn't have a Cuban Missile Crisis with George W. Bush at the helm...although we did have some close calls (Georgia for one). And I don't even want to think about Sarah Palin in charge during a major National Security crisis. That's too horrible to even contemplate.

I wish President Obama could hear this story. Why? Because over the next few years, Obama is going to be under tremendous pressure, not only from pro-war Republicans, but from the Hawks within his own National Security Team (the Clintonites, the Brzezinski-ites, and other pro-war Democrats) to attack Iran, North Korea and to continue the quiet brinksmanship with pushing for NATO expansion and placing missile systems in Eastern Europe. Obama is much better off thinking for himself and going with a more sensible Progressive approach.

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