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06/28/2011

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Rob

Yes Nixon doubled down on Vietnam because of his great respect for Kennedy...

Its bullshit like most of what Brooks writes.

John Henninger

David Brooks, is a typical conservative, in that he believes in a strong military and a weak government. Brooks wants a limit on grandiose talk when it comes to improving the lives of ordinary people, which is the reason why he lavished praise on Chris Christie and Rahm Emmanuel for their draconian budget cuts. But I really do not believe that Brooks has changed his stance about American greatness being based on military power.

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Ssupak

Why would you want to cash a rhetorical check? Doesn't the fact that it was rhetorical mean there's a big VOID written across it to begin with? What we aspire to, by definition, is not something we reach, right? It's like Cleveland said on Family Guy when they were playing the Civil Rights board game: "You don't win. You just do a little better each time."

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Brooks wants a limit on grandiose talk when it comes to improving the lives of ordinary people, which is the reason why he lavished praise on Chris Christie and Rahm Emmanuel for their draconian budget cuts

Geoff Ziezulewicz

If you could ever devote a blog to this sentence, I'd appreciate it as I don't understand it:

"I see a guy who recklessly promised to pay any price and bear any burden for American power, a surefire way to squander and restrict it."

I don't think there's anything wrong with a president calling on 'Mericans to reach higher and do better. That's part of the presidency.

You also ignore the historical facts around JFK's presidency and the Cuban missile crisis, the nadir of the Cold War. America had no choice but to work harder to project American military and cultural power across the globe at this time and throughout the Cold War, despite all the ugliness it did entail, because the alternative was a world controlled by the Soviets.

A Soviet-dominated world would have profoundly affected the security and quality of life we enjoyed growing up. All global exploitation/consumerist arguments aside, that's just a fact.

I always find it a bit strange when people get all pious and hand-wringing about American power when its sometimes-ugly existence is why we've lived such good lives in comparison to others.

All rants aside, I bet there's few Americans who would actually give up their way of life if it meant more global equality.

And really, what was JFK's alternative? "Uh, er,oh hey gang. Yeah, we're, er, just gonna, y'know, play it cool and hang back during this whole Cold War brouhaha. Kthxbye."

Point is the benefits of JFK's "recklessness" have far outweighed the disadvantages. You and I and Americans in general have enjoyed a quality of life and security that is the envy of the world. I'm not saying it's right or wrong, but it is at least partially due to many presidents acting like this during the Cold War.

Plus, if presidential rhetoric is so dangerous, what about FDR's "Fear itself" shpiel?

Love your blog, btw, sorry for running long.

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Yes Nixon doubled down on Vietnam because of his great respect for Kennedy...

Its bullshit like most of what Brooks writes.

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