With the passing of former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, we are again reminded of the horrible mistake the Vietnam War was. Democratic Presidents John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson had him serve as a front man in Vietnam. Because of his sterling leadership as head of Ford Motor Co., it was thought he would make a great leader in the Pentagon. He served longer than any Secty. of Defense. Decisions made in Vietnam were absolutely atrocious. Johnson may have played a key role in keeping that war going, but McNamara must certainly at least share in the historical debacle. We should have learned that corporate leadership does not necessarily translate into public service. And most of all, we should have learned that the U.S. should not engage in imperialistic-like wars.
OK, she just doesn't want to cheat the people of Alaska as a lame duck governor. So resigning her governorship is kinda natural, I guess. Sarah Palin is just trying to help the people of her state.
The United States of America was founded by men who were unknown in most of the world. To be sure, they were all white, male landowners. The new nation announced lofty ideals committed to democracy, as long as these goals were for white men who owned land. Nevertheless this new nation experienced a leap forward in establishing democracy drawn up by an amazingly talented and brilliant group of men.
During my study for a M.A. in history, a major part of my work focused on the Middle East. I wrote a major paper on Western World imperialism in that area, including, of course, Iraq.
There was a time in America when conservatives and liberals could discuss politics, religion, economics, healthcare, welfare, etc. in adult, objective ways. No more. Surrendering to religious fundamentalism and greed-capitalism, the once proud Republican Party no longer exists. Though carrying the same name, it has now been taken over by screaming, fanatical, religious, and big corporate interests. Right-wingers are now the party of witch-hunts.