February 20, 2006, - 2:07 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Happy Presidents’ Day. (I know it’s supposed to be for George, but Abe is lumped in, too–sort of.)
Check out the biased top ten Presidential mistakes, according to a survey of presidential historians organized by the University of Louisville’s McConnell Center. Bill’s Monica is #10.
Missing from the list: Jimmy Carter ushering the Shah of Iran out, in favor of extremist Islamic “democracy.” Given the danger of Ahmadinejadian nuclear doomsday, we’d put it at #1.
And we’d disagree with about half the others, like #3, Lyndon Johnson’s alleged failure by allowing the Vietnam War to intensify. Nope. The blunder was that he and his defense secretary (McNamara) didn’t go in and finish the job. They sent the troops to their slaughter, didn’t back them up, or finish the job–because they didn’t have the backbone. At least President Bush does.
Then, there’s their #5, Nixon’s alleged Watergate cover-up. No less than liberal Sam Donaldson, who covered the White House, said he never saw any evidence that Nixon knew of Watergate.
Their #8: John Kennedy allowing the ill-fated Bay of Pigs Invasion to overthrow Cuba’s communist government that led to the Cuban Missile Crisis. We’d say JFK blundered because he 1) didn’t back up those who got caught in the failure, and 2) allowed the Castro Communist problem to fester, and THAT was the mistake with which we still live today.
Their #9: Ronald Reagan and the Iran-Contra Affair, the effort to sell arms to Iran and use the money to finance an armed anti-communist group in Nicaragua. Well, Nicaragua is free (until Daniel Ortega returns to power, this year, because we allowed him to), and we got rid of Communist despotism in Nicaragua. The means were not ideal, but when you have the Red wing of Congress stopping our efforts to stop Communism, other ways must be sought to defend our shores. And, again, whose dealings were the worst vis-a-vis Iran and brought America the most heartache? That would be Jimmy Carter, not Reagan.
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