Friday, May 16, 2008

Wrong again

Not for the first time, and certainly not for the last, the lessons of Munich and appeasement were wrongly applied to a later international crisis.
-- from Lyne Olson, quoted by Geoffrey Wheatcroft. The line is relevant to George W. Bush's accusation against Barack Obama, not least because:
By maintaining its current arsenal [of 10,000 nuclear weapons], the US is sending a message to the world that nuclear weapons are legitimate.
Lawrence Krauss (7 May).

[P.S. 18 May: Frank Rich reminds of the Bush family's profitable investment in Nazi Germany]

[P.S. 22 May: “Bush’s rhetoric is completely disconnected from everything on the ground" - Martin Indyk, quoted here]

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