The Great Debate
Stanley Kutler, the celebrated University of Wisconsin historian who would not give up when it came to the closed files of President Richard M. Nixon, died on April 7, 2014, at age 80. Kutler was resolute and even jaunty in his pursuit and he finally prevailed. In 1992, responding to his lawsuit, the U.S. National Archives released thousands of hours of taped White House conversations.
We’re not making scandals the way we used to.
The House of Representatives has now voted, virtually along party lines, to create the Benghazi Select Committee that conservatives have long called for. The atmosphere of scandal that has surrounded Bill and Hillary Clinton for decades has gotten, at least temporarily, a renewed lease on life.
President Barack Obama should hope that old adage, “You only get one chance to make a first impression,” isn’t true. In his second Inaugural Address Monday, he has a chance to sharpen his arguments and move the nation in a way that eluded him the first time around.
The most-quoted line from history’s most dangerous confrontation declares, “We were eyeball to eyeball and the other fellow just blinked.” Now, with the opening of Robert F. Kennedy’s personal papers on the 50th anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis, there can be no doubt that before Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev blinked, President John F. Kennedy winked.
— Bernd Debusmann is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are his own. —
Nobody ever landed on the moon, the televised images are a hoax. John F. Kennedy was murdered in a complex plot involving the Mafia and the CIA. Elvis Presley lives. Barack Obama was born outside the United States and therefore is ineligible to be president.