Second Thots

Sometimes one has to step back, take pause, and have some "second thots"

Saturday, July 12, 2008


Truman and Bush?

Michael Barone writes a fascinating piece that draws parallels between the Berlin airlift of 1948 and the Iraq surge of 2007.

I'm probably not alone in believing that holders of high office often seem beholden to their expert advisers. Yet, as both historical events appear to demonstrate, the big guy sometimes needs to have the moral courage to say no to some smarter people around him.

In fact, I briefly read somewhere that Bush often gets things right when he opposes his highest advisers. That certainly runs contrary to the common perception of Bush that people seem to have, including myself sometimes.

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