Tuesday, July 10, 2007

The History Boys: Politics & Power

vanityfair.com: The History Boys by David Halberstam
In the twilight of his presidency, George W. Bush and his inner circle have been feeding the press with historical parallels: he is Harry Truman—unpopular, besieged, yet ultimately to be vindicated—while Iraq under Saddam was Europe held by Hitler. To a serious student of the past, that's preposterous. Writing just before his untimely death, David Halberstam asserts that Bush's 'history,' like his war, is based on wishful thinking, arrogance, and a total disdain for the facts.

This is a powerful final statement by a great reporter. Read it in full.

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