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  • Obama's Afghanistan decision evokes LBJ's 1965 order on Vietnam buildup

    12/06/2009 11:57:57 AM PST · by South40 · 16 replies · 696+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | December 6, 2009 | MICHAEL A. LINDENBERGER
    Hovering in the shadows of President Barack Obama's decision last week to ramp up the nation's war effort in Afghanistan, even as he promises to bring it to a swift conclusion, are ghosts of another decision, made 44 years ago by a Texan in the White House. In 1965, Lyndon B. Johnson took ownership of a war he, like Obama, had inherited. Gen. William Westmoreland wanted more troops in Vietnam, and after a protracted debate within the White House, Johnson sent them. Over the next three years, he would send hundreds of thousands more and launch a carpet-bombing campaign against...
  • Lyndon Johnson Is Back In The White House

    12/01/2009 6:47:27 PM PST · by parkerj · 29 replies · 951+ views
    theFinancialSkinny ^ | December 1, 2009 | theFinancialSkinny
    In the mid-1960’s President Lyndon Baines Johnson agonized throughout his White House years about the War in Vietnam. Like Mr. Obama, he was pursuing an ambitious, controversial, and expensive social agenda, which included Medicare and Medicaid, two of the three programs that currently are bankrupting the country.
  • Obma Elevates LBJ's Legacy

    10/29/2009 1:32:19 PM PDT · by jazminerose · 10 replies · 554+ views ^ | 10/29/09 | Joy Tiz
    It’s not enough that the Narcissist-in-Chief keeps popping up like a Netflix ad, which is irksome by itself. But he has now manifestly broken Bill Clinton’s record for malfeasance. He mocked our soldiers by showing up for a photo op at Dover Air Force Base to feign honor for our fallen troops even as he refuses to send our military commanders the resources they urgently need. Obama’s cavernous lack of concern for others is certainly typical enough for a narcissist. It’s especially abrasive when he uses our fallen heroes for a photo op as his generals have been pleading for...
  • Public School's Version of a "Call To Freedom"

    10/29/2009 6:27:56 AM PDT · by albie · 10 replies · 363+ views
    I was just reading one of my daughters "history" books called, "Call to Freedom". (credit is given to "" so I knew this was going to spell trouble.) In a chapter called "The Great Society", the book brags about LBJ's accomplishments in poverty. Here's a quote..."Partly because of Johnson's Great Society, poverty in the US decreased. Overall unemployment levels stayed low and the percentage of Americans living below the poverty level dropped to about 12% by 1969. Americans' income levels rose more during the 1960's than they had during the prosperous years of the 1950's". There are chapters devoted to...
  • Another Failed Presidency

    10/13/2009 9:26:44 AM PDT · by Harley · 11 replies · 1,176+ views
    American Thinker ^ | Orig: Aug 31, 2009 (Oct 13, 2009) | Geoffery P. Hunt
    Barack Obama is on track to have the most spectacularly failed presidency since Woodrow Wilson. In the modern era, we've seen several failed presidencies--led by Jimmy Carter and LBJ. Failed presidents have one strong common trait-- they are repudiated, in the vernacular, spat out. Of course, LBJ wisely took the exit ramp early, avoiding a shove into oncoming traffic by his own party. Richard Nixon indeed resigned in disgrace, yet his reputation as a statesman has been partially restored by his triumphant overture to China.
  • EDITORIAL: How to win a war

    09/23/2009 6:20:00 PM PDT · by Saije · 9 replies · 640+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 9/24/2009 | Editorial
    A U.S. president is engaged in an unpopular long-term counterinsurgency effort, ground commanders are asking for more troops, a skeptical Congress is pushing back. Haven't we been here before? In the spring of 1968, the Vietnamese communists were on the run in the wake of the failed Tet Offensive. Gen... Westmoreland, the U.S. commander in Vietnam, urgently requested a surge capability to exploit the allied victory, hammer the enemy troops and potentially end the war. But President Lyndon B. Johnson, harried by leadership challenges from within his own party and facing a recalcitrant Congress, failed to act decisively. For weeks,...
  • Kennedy legacy: Black voters joining the Democratic Party

    08/31/2009 4:51:24 AM PDT · by Scanian · 29 replies · 920+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | August 31, 2009 | Andrew Walden
    After nearly a week of incessant post-mortem vacuity, not a single commentator has hit upon the real legacy of the late Kennedy political dynasty. The Kennedys are largely responsible for making African Americans dependent on an alliance with liberal Democrats. The result--highly unstable in a democratic society -- 90% of black voters regularly pull the Democrat lever. The 90% solid black vote tips the balance in favor of Democrats in Missouri, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, and Maryland. Without these votes, Democrats would simply cease to function as a national party. Without the Kennedys around...
  • Obama and the Holy Land

    08/23/2009 9:53:00 PM PDT · by kingattax · 6 replies · 717+ views
    American Thinker ^ | August 23, 2009 | Edward Bernard Glick
    When Lyndon Baines Johnson was a young congressman, he saved 42 Jews from the Nazis. Indirect evidence shows that he rescued another 400 Jews, including the famed orchestra conductor Erich Leinsdorf. While Johnson didn't risk his life to save Jews, as European non-Jews did, there are those who believe that he should be honored in Yad Vashem, Jerusalem's Holocaust Memorial Museum, for being what the Israelis call a Righteous Gentile. After the 1967 Arab-Israel Six Day War, when he was President, he met with Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin in Glassboro, New Jersey. Mr. Kosygin asked him why America supported Israel...
  • Could Afghanistan Become Obama’s Vietnam? (NYT)

    08/22/2009 9:06:09 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 26 replies · 828+ views
    New York Times ^ | 8/22/2009 | Peter Baker
    WASHINGTON — President Obama had not even taken office before supporters were etching his likeness onto Mount Rushmore as another Abraham Lincoln or the second coming of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Yet what if they got the wrong predecessor? What if Mr. Obama is fated to be another Lyndon B. Johnson instead? To be sure, such historical analogies are overly simplistic and fatally flawed, if only because each presidency is distinct in its own way. But the L.B.J. model — a president who aspired to reshape America at home while fighting a losing war abroad — is one that haunts Mr....
  • The No-Brainers of Robert S. McNamara

    08/05/2009 6:07:59 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 36 replies · 1,012+ views
    Air Force Magazine ^ | 8/1/2009 | Robert S. Dudney
    His lack of integrity was deeply troubling, but it was the world-class arrogance that did the real military damage. It should be evident to all that Robert S. McNamara, to paraphrase a line from the 1940 book Guilty Men, was among the worst selections for high office since Caligula chose to make his horse a consul at Rome. He died July 6 at age 93. TodayÂ’s officials can profit from studying his career. McNamara, the Pentagon chief in the Kennedy and Johnson years, showed sketchy character on many occasions, but nowhere did he do this more baldly than in his...

    08/02/2009 4:17:16 AM PDT · by tlb · 94 replies · 5,905+ views
    New York Post ^ | August 2, 2009 | staff
    Lyndon Johnson "Johnson would come on the plane and the minute he got out of sight of the crowds, he would stand in the doorway and grin from ear to ear and say, 'You dumb sons of bitches. I piss on all of you,' " recalls Robert M. MacMillan, an Air Force One steward. Richard Nixon One evening, Nixon built a fire and forgot to open the flue damper. Two agents came running. "Can you find him?" one of the agents asked the other. "No, I can't find the son of a bitch," the other agent said. From the bedroom,...
  • Could Hillary Be Obama's RFK?

    07/30/2009 6:02:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 1,005+ views ^ | July 30, 2009 | Matt Towery
    Several weeks ago, the press was full of stories that pointed out Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's absence from important international confabs. Even the most "mainstream" of publications suggested that America's real foreign policy was being forged from the same epicenter as healthcare reform, energy policy and virtually every other major initiative -- the White House. Of course Secretary Clinton had suffered a nasty injury to her elbow not long ago, which could explain some of her absence from the limelight. And in recent days she has made major statements regarding both Iran and North Korea, and has picked up...
  • Dean Snipes At Obama On Health Care: Voters Were Promised 'Change They Can Believe In'

    07/28/2009 6:12:56 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 17 replies · 1,477+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Somewhere, Lyndon Johnson is smiling. Howard Dean has provided perfect proof of LBJ's adage that when it comes to potential adversaries, "it's better to have them inside the tent p---ing out than outside the tent" doing the reverse. Barack Obama chucked Dean out of his DNC chairmanship. Adding insult to injury, PBO denied the good doctor any role in his health care initiative. Now, it's payback time. Subbing for Keith Olbermann on this evening's Countdown, Dean depicted Obama as a loser in the health care fight. For good measure, he flung a famous Obama campaign slogan back in the prez's...
  • Conrad Black: McNamara’s Folly - The road to failure in Vietnam.

    07/28/2009 11:17:13 AM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies · 934+ views
    National Review Online ^ | July 27, 2009 | Conrad Black
    July 27, 2009, 4:00 a.m. McNamara’s FollyThe road to failure in Vietnam. By Conrad Black The recent death of former U.S. defense secretary and World Bank president Robert McNamara, at 93, has raised again, in editorials and obituaries, the hoary head of the Vietnam War. Geeky in his thick, rimless glasses and slicked-back hair, expressionless, desiccated, fast-talking, and mechanically confident, McNamara was at the cutting edge of the managerial revolution—a business administrator, statistician, and efficiency expert. He was a mesmerizing figure for a time, especially after the Kennedy public-relations apparatus confected the myth of calibrated crisis management in the...
  • Walter Cronkite Without Tears

    07/20/2009 5:53:48 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 52 replies · 4,268+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 20, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Journalism: After the eulogies, the fact remains that "the most trusted man in America" betrayed that trust. He helped snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in Vietnam and tried hard to do the same in Iraq.President Obama on Friday praised Walter Cronkite as a journalistic icon, calling the CBS anchor the "voice of certainty in an uncertain world." More to the point, he was the father of advocacy journalism, the patron saint of media bias. He went from reporting news to recreating it in his own image. Far from the image of the patriotic war correspondent, Cronkite was a...
  • Robert S. McNamara, RIP: The architect of the Vietnam War finds peace

    07/06/2009 9:43:30 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 35 replies · 1,444+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | July 7, 2009 | Editorial
    Mr. McNamara's last day at the Pentagon was a comedy of errors. A grand farewell ceremony was planned on the lawn near the river entrance, and thousands assembled in the freezing rain. Meanwhile, the elevator taking Mr. Johnson, Mr. McNamara and 11 others jammed between floors, and they were stuck for 15 minutes. "What's wrong with this thing?" the president asked. "Don't ask me," Mr. McNamara replied, "I don't work here anymore."
  • Former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara Dies

    07/06/2009 6:21:18 AM PDT · by DFG · 333 replies · 10,536+ views ^ | 07/06/09 | Staff
    Former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara has died. McNamara, 93, died at home in his sleep Monday morning, his wife Diana told The Associated Press. She said he had been in failing health for some time. Known as a policymaker with a fixation for statistical analysis, McNamara was president of the Ford Motor Co. when President John F. Kennedy asked him to head the Pentagon in 1961. McNamara worked for seven years as the defense secretary in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, longer than any other person in that post. He headed the war department during the build-up of forces in...
  • GOP blind to its race problem

    06/23/2009 7:33:32 AM PDT · by rwrcpa1 · 38 replies · 1,381+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 06/21/09 | Leonard Pitts
    The modern GOP was created in 1965 with a stroke of Lyndon Johnson's pen. If that is an exaggeration, it is not much of one. When Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act, he made a prediction: In committing the unpardonable sin of guaranteeing the ballot to all citizens regardless of race, he said, he would cause his party to lose the South ``for a generation.'' And indeed Southern Democrats, who for a century had bombed schools, lynched innocents, perverted justice and terrorized millions in the name of intolerance, responded by leaving their ancestral party in droves. They formed the base...
  • Hell No, We Won't Go

    06/15/2009 11:10:13 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 917+ views
    American Thinker ^ | June 16, 2009 | Randy Fardal
    In a nationally televised address on August 4, 1964, US President Lyndon Johnson announced that North Vietnam had launched two unprovoked attacks on American military ships.  Within three days of Johnson's TV appearance, lawmakers passed the bipartisan Gulf of Tonkin Resolution and Mr. Johnson had started the ill-fated Vietnam War. Political analysts say the crisis helped Mr. Johnson defeat former military pilot and war veteran, Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater, in the 1964 presidential election.  (Employing a Democrat gimmick still used today, Johnson also portrayed Goldwater as racist.) "Conspiracy kooks" charged that Johnson lied about the second attack and they also...
  • June 8, 1967 Attack on USS Liberty

    06/08/2009 6:14:11 PM PDT · by MurrietaMadman · 57 replies · 5,453+ views ^ | June 5, 1995 | James M. Ennes, Jr.
    On June 8, 1967, US Navy intelligence ship USS Liberty was suddenly and brutally attacked on the high seas in international waters by the air and naval forces of Israel. The Israeli forces attacked with full knowledge that this was an American ship and lied about it. Survivors have been forbidden for 40 years to tell their story under oath to the American public. The USS Liberty Memorial web site tells their story and is dedicated to the memory of the 34 brave men who died.