Thursday, May 8, 2014

Well, the buck did stop there

Harry S Truman was born on this day in 1884.

"My villain is a perfectly nice little man called Harry S (for nothing) Truman. He created the national security state. He institutionalized the Cold War. He placed us on a permanent wartime footing. He started that vast hemorrhaging of debt...

"Deliberately (he) set in train an imperial expansion that has cost the lives of many millions of people all over the world." -- Gore Vidal.

To read Truman's own modest take on the matter, see Today in The Cynic's Almanac