Why Was: US Military Dead during Iraq War 992
Why Was: US Military Dead during Iraq War 994
You seem to put something else into the word "individualism" than I do. Being able to stand up and lead is...
I was talking about the mbuttive defense contracts related to conduct of the war, along with related economic boons to some large American engineering, consulting and investment firms.
My point about Kennedy was that Eisenhower had advised him to ignore Vietnam and focus on Laos. Kennedy instead got the US involved in Vietnam and Laos promptly fell under Communist rule.
The point about Gotti was hyperbole. Gotti did spend a lot of money on community socialism and buttistance, which is why he had such a huge fan club. I think Johnson's support for civil rights was sincere, however, because it certainly cost him quite a bit politically.
Why Was: US Military Dead during Iraq War 993
Johnson was sort of like John Gotti. A criminal with a heart of gold, a sort of Robin Hood character. I really...
Interesting Johnson anecdote: My first wife got this from the guy who used to do plumbing (not the Watergate kind) in the White House. Seems that Johnson had some unusual personal habits. In any case, he had this elaborate multihead shower installed in the White House. He kept complaining there wasn't enough water pressure, so they had to put in pumps. Some worker got in to test it and was almost knocked over. When Nixon moved in, he took one look, said: "What the hell is this?!? Get it out of here!"