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Monday, August 27, 2007

Maliki Should Worry

If I were Iraqi PM Nuri al-Maliki, I'd be more than a little concerned that George Bush is starting to draw lessons from the Vietnam War. In the early part of the Vietnam War Ngo Dinh Diem was "our man in Saigon" but by late '63 he was viewed as ineffective by many and a liability by the White House, more or less the way Maliki is now. Diem's fate has important health implications for Maliki. The White House had him murdered. [20 sec. video]


It is a rare thing to actually hear a U.S. President admit to participation in murder, but that is eactly what President Lyndon Johnson does in a very frank November 1, 1966 discussion with Eugene Carthy:

"They started on me with Diem, you remember, He was corrupt and he ought to be killed.' So we killed him. We all got together and got a goddamn bunch of thugs and assassinated him. Now, we've really had no political stability since then."

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