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Date published: 2006/12/02

Ted Sorensen, speechwriter for John F. Kennedy, gives an interview to the Financial Times (subscription service):

Where Kennedy was right on Cuba, [Sorensen] says, illuminates where George W. Bush has erred on Iraq. "John F. Kennedy made certain that he gathered to advise him on that crisis people of varying views and backgrounds to make sure he got the best possible recommendation," he says bitterly. "Mr Bush listened only to Vice-president Cheney and Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld, who had been neocons for years and did not present any alternative points of view."

Sorensen intimates that Kennedy would have faced the terrorist threat very differently to George W. Bush. "I compare communism to terrorism. A lot of communists were willing to die for their beliefs just as terrorists are today. We didn't prevail in the cold war by killing all the communists. On the contrary, we prevailed by being patient, by not compromising our own values and civil liberties, and we outlasted them, and that is what we are going to have to do in the war on terrorism."

The Bush White House has never been interested in policy analysis, or in "alternative points of view" on any subject, including Iraq. Most of the blame for the Iraq fiasco should not be laid on Rumsfeld and Cheney (no matter how dreadful they are) but on Bush. He's definitely one of the worst presidents of all time.

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