THE SPINE AUGUST 12, 2008
John Judis has often had a soft spot for America's enemies. Here he goes
1) He lists "the U.S. And Cuba" alongside "Germany
and Belgium" and "Iraq and Kuwait" in a list of interstate relationships that
exemplify "the old story of large countries attempting to subjugate small
ones." Right, because America's anti-Castro policy of the last 50 years is in
any way morally comparable to the Kaiser ransacking Belgium (I can't
believe that even he would compare us to the Nazis) or Saddam Hussein
annexing Kuwait as Iraq's 19th province.
2) He writes that "the
takeover of Czechoslovakia after World War II (as opposed to the takeover of,
say, Lithuania earlier) was not an inevitable outgrowth of Soviet foreign
There is nothing less than Henry Wallace, doughface tripe.
Update: Judis' item
obviously upset me. And I have had my differences with John over the years. (As
you know, I revel in intellectual give-and-take) But re-reading this item a few
hours later, I realize that my rhetoric was a bit too rough. Since our
disagreements are fierce, I wish my language had been less angry.