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24 Feb 2012 11:06


Politics: How Mitt Romney’s dad lost his presidential momentum: Brainwashing

  • About 45 years ago, George Romney was looking hot. A popular Michigan governor who did well in the 1964 Republican primary (but did not win), he was considered a frontrunner in the 1968 race. Until this interview above, that is, done in August 1967 by Detroit news personality Lou Gordon. When asked about the Vietnam war, he explained why his views changed so that he was suddenly against the war. His answer? “When I came back from Vietnam, I had just had the greatest brainwashing that anyone could get.” This one comment derailed his campaign, decades before Twitter would’ve made that comment blow up like a forgotten third thing in a debate. MLive has a really great history on this interview that’s worth a read. source

03 Mar 2011 22:29


U.S.: Harvard finally recognizes the ROTC again – four decades later

  • then The ROTC was blocked from Harvard’s campus at the height of the Vietnam War. Later, the group was blocked largely because of the military’s record on gay rights.
  • nowLargely because of the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” Harvard will now formally recognize the Naval ROTC. It only took 41 years for the change to happen. source
  • » Harvard’s take: “Our renewed relationship affirms the vital role that the members of our Armed Forces play in serving the nation and securing our freedoms, while also affirming inclusion and opportunity as powerful American ideals,” said university president Dr. Drew Gilpin Faust. She sounds very positive about the change, doesn’t she?

11 Nov 2009 11:11


U.S., World: Veterans Day is today; don’t forget to honor the fallen

Today’s Veterans Day. 11/11. Obama celebrated at a ceremony at Arlingtion National Cemetery. How did you celebrate? source

06 Jul 2009 09:34


U.S.: R.I.P. Robert McNamara: He was the Vietnam War’s architect

  • McNamara, the secretary of defense in an era defined by one of the nation’s deadliest wars, is dead at 93. Beyond his most noted accomplishment (which stretched during the presidencies of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson), he also spent tenures leading the World Bank (before Vietnam) and Ford Motor Co. (after Vietnam). But really, his pushing of the often-unpopular Vietnam War is what he’ll be remembered for. source