Tuesday, November 28, 2006

How Quaint

In 1970, two of Henry Kissinger's closest advisors resigned in protest over the planned invasion of Cambodia. From their letter of resignation (Larry Berman, No Peace, No Honor: Nixon, Kissinger and Betrayal in Vietnam, p. 75):
As we told you in February, we find ourselves increasingly alienated by the domestica and many of the foreign policies of this Administration. Because of our continuing loyalty to you and what you are trying to do, however, we have no desire for our resignations to become even a minor public issue. We do indeed believe... that a new era requires a new quality of leadership. It demands above all an understanding of urgent needs in America and abroad and a commitment to meet them. We have found neither. We have often heard courage equated with criticism. But it is not enough to dismiss the critics for their motives or manliness, nor to ridicule them with the catch phrases of the Right. We think real courage means recognizing the validity of the problems, however they are raised, and leading an effort to resolve them. We think Presidential politics should be a means to that end and not, as we see it practiced now, an end in itself through obsession with public relations.
One wonders who would hire them today. I suspect McDonalds - as fry cooks.

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