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"When Kennedy Met With Khrushchev, We Were On The Brink Of Nuclear War."

Original post made by sam on May 17, 2008



That's Barack Obama from today's incredible press conference where the Illinois senator combined petulance and ignorance in an unnerving display of just how unqualified he is to be Commander-in-Chief

For the record, Kennedy and Khrushchev met in Vienna in June of 1961. We were not on the brink of nuclear war.

The Cuban Missile Crisis was 15 months in the future.

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Posted by Jane, a resident of Professorville
on May 17, 2008 at 4:46 pm

GENEVA (Reuters) - A special U.N. human rights investigator will visit the United States this month to probe racism, an issue that has forced its way into the race to secure the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.

The United Nations said Doudou Diene would meet federal and local officials, as well as lawmakers and judicial authorities during the May 19-June 6 visit.

"The special rapporteur will...gather first-hand information on issues related to racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance," a U.N. statement said on Friday. [Well, yeah. That's why they call him the "Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance." ]

His three-week visit, at U.S. government invitation, will cover eight cities — Washington D.C., New York, Chicago, Omaha, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Miami and San Juan, Puerto Rico.


Posted by julie, a resident of Midtown
on May 17, 2008 at 5:03 pm

Is Michelle driving the bus?

Are we going to have "Blue Helmets" here during our election?


You mean they are going to investigate Obama's Pastor? It's about time the UN got on that!


Posted by Coulter loves Limbaugh, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 17, 2008 at 5:14 pm

Regarding Obama's Pastor, did you know that he gave up his student deferment in the early 60's and enrolled into the Marines. He then served in the Navy and became a corpsman. He helped take care of Johnson when he had surgery during his presidency and got 3 letters of commendation from the WHite House during that time.
Meanwhile, Cheney (as just one example of our "leadership" dodging any military commitment) used 5 deferments to get out of military service and has been quoted as saying that he did not have time to serve in the military.
At least Wright had the guts to serve his country.


Posted by Peace Through Victory., a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 17, 2008 at 5:26 pm

Coulter loves Limbaugh

Yes a lot of previously decent people became infected by the racism of the black panthers, black liberation theology and other cults like Jim Jones. Just goes to show, free will can lead to good or evil

wright made his choice and is unrepentant, so apparently is his lap dog obama


Posted by Coulter loves Limbaugh, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 17, 2008 at 5:29 pm

Is that anything like Bush being Cheney's lapdog?


Posted by Peace Through Victory., a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on May 17, 2008 at 5:34 pm



Bush is a sheep dog, protecting us from the the wolves who want to savage the sheep like USA citizens

peace in our time oh yeh, tell that to little red ridding hood


Posted by Coulter loves Limbaugh, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 17, 2008 at 5:35 pm

Peace through Victory--move neighborhoods in between posts???
Some sheep dog--he let the big bad wolf, Osama Bin Laden, get away, so he could go frolic in Iraq


Posted by Peace Through Victory., a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 17, 2008 at 5:51 pm

May be the UN guy, Doudou Diene , should investigate Bush because he has been mean to jidahdists


obamas a UN sort of guy, they will leave him alone


Posted by LMAO, a resident of Midtown
on May 17, 2008 at 6:47 pm

WTF is the UN, dominated by DICTATORS, with a Human Rights Council run by the worst human rights abusers in the world, doing being allowed to come to our country to "investigate"...and why the hell does anyone here care?

Gosh, I am going to be biting my nails hoping we get a good report card.

Something tells me nobody will tell him about the book by Thomas Sowell called "Black Rednecks and White Liberals" ..


Posted by lmao, a resident of Midtown
on May 17, 2008 at 6:48 pm

BTW, came on the thread to add my laughter to the joke on Obama.

Seems he is blowing his history and comprehension tests DAILY now..must be getting his talking points from the Daily Kos...


Posted by Good Point, a resident of Meadow Park
on May 17, 2008 at 6:51 pm

Good point - it is shame to lose a scholar and historian like President Bush.


Posted by Gary, a resident of Downtown North
on May 17, 2008 at 7:32 pm

Kennedy, standing on a foundation of weak sand (Bay of Pigs), was crushed by Premier K. Even he admitted it ( "He beat the hell out of me.").

The direct result of this weak performance was the Cuban Missle Crisis.

If Barack thinks this is the model to follow, we are all in deep sh*t.

Who IS this guy? He needs to take a course in Foreign Policy 101 from Prof. George W. Bush.


Posted by oh dear, a resident of Midtown
on May 18, 2008 at 6:46 am

This guy is a joke. Unless we are foolish enough to elect him. In which case he will be at least as bad as Carter, probably worse since the left will simply cry "racist" to anyone who disagrees with Mr. O. And the media will not report anything but "good news" again, as under Bill.

Be snide all you want about Bush and intelligence....he actually acted and helped the USA. What good did that "scholar" called Bill do in his 8 years here? Oh yes, I can count the list on one finger. And how much did that wonderful "scholar" help his wife in her bid for presidency? Unanswerable.

Give me smart enough to lead our country over smart enough to destroy it any day. Ever hear of "too smart for his own good"? You are about to learn what it means if Obama gets elected.

Better take courage pills!


Posted by Jane, a resident of Professorville
on May 18, 2008 at 2:13 pm



Reporter Bruce Ramsey, in the Seattle Times on Friday, wrote-quote

"Democrats are rebuking President Bush for saying in his speech to the Knesset, here, that to "negotiate with terrorists and radicals" is "appeasement." The Democrats took it as a slap at Barack Obama. What bothers me is the continual reference to Hitler and his National Socialists, particularly the British and French accommodation at the Munich Conference of 1938.

What Hitler was demanding was not unreasonable. He wanted the German-speaking areas of Europe under German authority. He had just annexed Austria, which was German-speaking, without bloodshed. There were two more small pieces of Germanic territory: the free city of Danzig and the Sudetenland, a border area of what is now the Czech Republic."

I guess the constructivist education in our universities has a price


Posted by jill, a resident of Midtown
on May 18, 2008 at 3:49 pm



Kennedy awaiting test results at Boston hospital

Probably should have paid someone to take them for him.


Posted by appalled, a resident of Midtown
on May 18, 2008 at 4:51 pm

Jane: Thanks for the note. The state of our education is completely appalling, that anyone can say what this reporter said with a straight face.

So, it is reasonable to assume that people who speak the same language should be forced to be under one dictator?

Interesting and extremely scary sentiment.


Posted by Paul, a resident of Downtown North
on May 19, 2008 at 9:50 am

You can only have one dictator at a time in any given country. Bush is on record in favor of dictatorship.


Posted by Duck and Cover, a resident of Barron Park
on May 19, 2008 at 12:01 pm

We weren't on the brink of nuclear war in the 60s?? You mean all those civil defense drills where we ducked under the desks at school were because of some other threat??

(Was it to protect us from an attack of gays getting married?)


Posted by Paul, a resident of Downtown North
on May 19, 2008 at 12:07 pm

It was all a hoax, just like global warming now.


Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on May 20, 2008 at 4:46 am

I was at Guard camp when the Berlin Blockade went up. We were all surprised, then, that the resolution was the Airlift rather than an assertion of right backed by force of arms. Had we gone to Berlin in '48 we might not have needed to go to Korea in '50.


Posted by Paul, a resident of Downtown North
on May 20, 2008 at 11:03 am

"Had we gone to Berlin in '48 we might not have needed to go to Korea in '50."

Totally correct, Walter. No Korean War. We'd have had our forces pinned down in a shooting war with the Russkies on their own landmass. (Like we do in Iraq today.) Stalin was no fool and he knew his gamble. The Soviets were there in force but the GIs had gone home. You might have learned some German, or maybe picked up Russian with a POW accent.

With our forces tied up in Europe, the Korean Commies would have cakewalked down the peninsula and camped. At least we wouldn't be patrolling the DMZ today because there'd be no DMZ.

BTW: welcome back.


Posted by Walter E. Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on May 20, 2008 at 3:41 pm

A-bomb, Paul - plus the fact that the USSR was a paper tiger then, dependent on looting their conquests to keep their engine going. The only thing that kept the USSR going was the guys McCarthy tried unsuccessfully to warn us about. How many divisions was an Alger Hiss worth? Paul. I had to come back - you folks so obviously needed me.


Posted by Paul, a resident of Downtown North
on May 20, 2008 at 5:03 pm

Can't look smart without you, Walter. You better believe we'd have bullied the USSR with the Bomb if we thought we could get away with it. We couldn't, Stalin knew it, ergo we didn't. Besides, it was Klaus Fuchs that gave Uncle Joe the Bomb and lots more. Hiss was a sideshow.


Posted by America hating revisionists strike again, a resident of Midtown
on May 20, 2008 at 6:37 pm

Paul, you must be kidding. We were exhausted from WW2,having lost millions of Americans already in defense of Europe. Do you really think we didn't go because we thought we would lose? We didn't go because our country said "not our problem, not our neighbor,not our friend, no threat to us".

And the same people who couldn't see into the future then still can't.


Posted by Paul, a resident of Downtown North
on May 21, 2008 at 10:03 am

So the Berlin Airlift never happened? No NATO? Are you telling me I have to revise my history books and forget the newspaper reports I read?

I really wish your "not our neighbor,not our friend, no threat to us" assessment were correct. The Korean War would never have happened. Likewise Vietnam.


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