The Days When They Were Stupid Enough to Say What They Think
Secretary of State Dean Acheson on escalation in Vietnam:
“We are willing to help people who believe the way we do, to continue to live the way they want to live.”
(from The Tragedy of American Diplomacy, William Appleman Williams, p17)
Isn’t that good? Not really a tautology, but it has the same wonderful symmetry. Though perhaps my nostalgia is misplaced, as I think on it; McCain seems to be trying to bring those days back again.