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Bob Woodward's Sins of Omission

Douglas Caddy

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Bob Woodward’s Sins of Omission
His new book raises fresh questions about the role of America’s most famous journalist in the scandal that made his name
JAMES ROSEN / JAN. 15, 2016
Commentary Magazine

From the article: In substantive and rhetorical terms, Nixon here sounded a lot like John F. Kennedy, another Navy veteran whose view of the Pentagon deteriorated markedly over his tenure in the Oval Office. “Those sons of bitches, with all the fruit salad, just sat there nodding, saying [the operation] would work,” JFK sneered on his own tapes after the Bay of Pigs. In late 1962, when the Department of Defense slow-walked Kennedy’s request for troops during the integration of the University of Mississippi, the president snapped: “They always give you their bullxxxx about their instant reaction and split-second timing, but it never works out. No wonder it’s so hard to win a war.”


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