In an eminently reasonable post (insert snarky retort here about how I am even capable of recognizing reasonable rhetoric) about why, although he is in favor of Kerry’s candidacy, he still has some lingering doubts about Kerry’s position, Rick Heller makes a few decent points that I wish many other Democrats would take a look at and consider. However, Heller does make one statement that I must wholly disagree with:
2. John Kerry was a dove during the Cold War, and opposed the military buildup by which President Reagan bankrupted the Soviet Union, leading to its collapse. Kerry was probably on the wrong side. But that too is ancient history.
Kerry was on the wrong side, and I don’t even care to debate this issue, as the collapse of the Soviet Union was such a positive event in history that I feel no need to rehash it. I am willing to bet all of the new Eastern European American allies and members of Nato would agree.
Second- this is not ancient history. A complete failure to understand the dynamics of the Cold War and inability to recognize the right side to be on is a thoroughly relevant and important point that must be factored into the current Presidential election.
(via Mark Kleiman)