Democrat Weak on Push Back Strategy

It’s always funny to me as a sometime historian, how short memories are. We are investigating or have been the last three years the actions of a Republican President that seem to me to amount to treason: involving foreign powers in manipulating American politics in their interests. But what is more surprising is no one mentions that this is the third such episode of Republican Treason as I see it.

Nixon won the 1968 Election at least partly by sabotaging the Vietnam Peace talks by back-channel promises to the South Vietnamese that he would give them a better deal, so they walked out of the talks, and years and many American and Vietnamese dead later they got a worse deal and then defeat. Some think that Watergate was Nixon trying to find out if the Dems knew this and were planning to use it against him in 1972: hence the risk taken.

Similarly, Reagan to win the 1980 election back channeled to the Iranians over the American hostages to keep them prisoner, until he had won the election and thus discredit President Carter. He later dabbled in Irangate: money to Iran, guns to the Contras and all. Not to mention that Reagan almost ended civilization with his war talk and Abel Archer exercise that was the closest to nuclear war we came to. Another form of treason I suppose.

Yet the Dems are never ruthless and determined to win enough to smash the GOP with this stuff. They are non-strategic pussy cats. If the Dems had done this shit, we would never hear the last of it from the GOP. Why such asymmetry?

About creativeconflictwisdom

I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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