November 27, 2011
SCOTT OTT: Jon Huntsman’s Disqualifying Distortion About Vietnam. “Perhaps as stunning as the Huntsman remark was the way CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and seven Republican candidates let it stand unchallenged, as if it were unassailable common knowledge. They should all know better, and speak up. As H.R. McMaster wrote in his 1997 book Dereliction of Duty, President Lyndon Johnson’s leadership of the war effort was characterized by marginalizing the Joint Chiefs of Staff, lying to Congress about troop levels, and pursuing Defense Secretary Robert McNamara’s tactic of ‘graduated pressure,’ which treated military force as a communication tool rather than a way to achieve victory.”
To be fair, they were probably just thinking about tomorrow’s lunch. That’s what I usually do when Huntsman’s talking.