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Epiphanies Have a Way of Lifting Man-Made Fogs

• The PPJ Gazette
Recently I read an interview with an LBJ devotee who’d left Berkeley with a PhD in political science in 1964. Then he heard Dean Rusk make the case (in 1965) for “deterrence” (aka The Domino Theory) and “. . .with just a few of Rusk’s well-chosen sentences . . .realized with a slap to the forehead that I’d missed a whole issue in foreign policy.” An epiphany. I had an epiphany about Vietnam, too. Several of them, in fact. My first was an orientation film of Air Force tankers spraying agent orange on Vietnam’s jungles after LBJ demonized Goldwater for wanting to defoliate the same jungles. Lyndon won by a landslide.

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