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Monday, February 16, 2009


Robert Miller

W. will never get his due until "scholars" understand that his interventions to enact the Mexico City policy, to shut down the embryonic stem cell business, to try to save Terri Schiavo and to protect medical professionals from complicity in murder were his finest hours. Indeed, one may say of the Congressional Republican/Bush effort to save Terri Schiavo: This was their finest hour.

Richard L

Wilson as ninth?

Author of an ill-conceived and very bloody intervention into a war with marginal U.S. interests (at best) at stake? A president so incapable of getting passage of the peace treaty to end same war that the result was two decades of semi-isolation? A known ethnic-baiter? Signer of the Sedition Act of 1918? The most inveterate racist and foe of civil rights the White House has ever known?


Robert Miller

Excellent post Richard!

Wilson, by forcing the break-up of the Habsburg Empire, probably had more to do with enabling Hitler, Stalin and Milosevic than any other single person.

Wilson was a truly despicable character.

Robert Miller

A couple of afterthoughts:

I think we've all neglected Richard Nixon -- without whom Reagan would not have been possible (nor W).

Nixon created the GOP that dominated US presidential politics (and made a majority "Catholic" Supreme Court possible) from 1968 to 2008. In my book, Richard Nixon certainly belongs in anybody's Top 5 (indeed, ahead of all the rest, except maybe Washington).

What Jack Kennedy is doing anywhere, except at the bottom of the list with Harding, is beyond me.

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