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The parallels are striking.

LBJ wanted to get his Great Society program through. Civil rights legislation he did made Obama possible.

LBJ was a bigger hardliner than JFK, but knew he would lose Vietnam and was afraid of a US military coup against him. Dallas was still fresh in his mind. LBJ resigned to de-politicize the Vietnam truce talks and was close to a breakthrough, but Nixon sabotaged them and we got four more years of war.

Not unlike how Reagan sabotaged Carter's Iran talks.

Now Obama wants to get his health insurance and green legislation through and Afghanistan is sinking him. Once more a US military coup is a threat Obama has to consider and it may force him to LBJ his way into a mess.

Yet Obama lacks LBJ's domestic political skills and knowledge and experience with congress which allowed LBJ to get his social legislation through before Vietnam sunk him.

Obama is in a worse position with a crappy economy and less personal political experience and skill than LBJ on the domestic and congressional front.


Ellsberg on Afghanistan:

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by gamblerman

Of LBJ..
President Johnson chose not to run for a second term. He did not resign. The war continued for another seven years.

While Secretary of State Henry Kissinger negotiated, the United States attempted to bomb the North Vietnamese people back to the Stone Age. It failed.

Stickley Furniture, among others, now employ workers in Vietnamese factories, paying them about $150.00 per month to build high end furniture, which fills dining and living areas in American homes.

Robert William

( Posted by: Bobby7L [Member] On: November 17, 2009 )

Resign, step down, choosing not to run....not much difference. LBJ was check-mated and betrayed by the powers that be.

( Posted by: gamblerman [Member] On: November 17, 2009 )

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