Wed Jul, 26 2006
To John J. Miller --
Without question, the largest US foreign policy blunder in the 20th century was in not destroying the Soviet Union when there was a chance before 1949. It is utterly impossible to get away with a contradiction like that contained in trumpeting victories for "freedom" and "democracy", etc., while whole swathes of Europe lay under the Soviet boot and the thing was negotiated that way.
Churchill was right. Patton was right. And subsequent generations paid the direct price of ignoring them, for almost a half-century afterward. The wages of this folly are still being paid indirectly in myriad ways. One of the most important goes to all this "nation-building" rubbish -- a legacy of George Marshall and Dean Acheson, et. al. -- which consists in nothing more than the idea of attempting to bribe bloody savages into behaving themselves. "If we ship them boat-loads of our own productivity, sweat, and blood, then they won't hate or hurt us."
Bullshit. History proves it, and we're going around that sick mulberry-bush again in Iraq.