Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Failures of the Presidents: From the Whiskey Rebellion and War of 1812 to the Bay of Pigs and War in Iraq (Paperback)

JG: An excellent book. Highly recommended.

Everybody makes mistakes, but when an American President blunders the result can be catastrophic.  This in depth look at presidential decision making processes gone wrong reveals the policies and courses of action that seemed promising at the time, but turned out to be the worst decisions American Presidents have made. The stories featured here altered the course of the nation's history, and in some cases changed the history of the world for the worse.

JG: My main criticism of the book is that it should have had 21 chapters instead of 20. The extra chapter should have been devoted to the biggest U.S. War Criminal, ever: Harry Truman. He started the Nuclear Race by murdering innocent civilians in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The other one is a minor point. The two authors apparently did not spend much time checking facts. U.S. Senator Everett M. Dirksen was the Republican Senator from Illinois, and not from Minnesota. Dirksen and U.S. Senator from Oregon, Wayne Morse, were two giants of honesty in the U.S. Senate.

Morse was one of two U.S. Senators who voted against The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which was used by Lyndon Baines Johnson and Robert McNamara as an excuse to escalate the Vietnam War. Capitalist millionaires and billionaires made humongous profits in that tragic war.

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