How does NRO still exist?
Just when you think NRO couldn’t get any worse., the dreadful Linda Chavez pops up to praise LBJ for the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the Vietnam war.
Apart from the fact that the non-entities at NRO still publish Chavez after she called them all racists and xenophobes for opposing the 2006 amnesty bill, what was the occasion of her even to bring up the subject of LBJ and his legacy at this moment?
In any case, having brought it up, she bungles the facts:
But Johnson also deserves credit for his willingness to fight the expansion of communism in Southeast Asia. Historians can argue with his tactics and his micromanagement of the Vietnam battlefield from the Oval Office, but he was a fierce opponent of communist tyranny, something that cannot be said of many liberals in his era and after. The disgraceful scenes of Americans fleeing South Vietnam on helicopters, abandoning their allies on the ground, occurred not during LBJ’s tenure, but during his successor’s, Richard M. Nixon.
No, you boob. Nixon resigned on August 8, 1974. The fall of Saigon occurred in April 1975, during the presidency of Ford, and when the U.S., following the Democratic landslide in the 1974 congressional elections, had come under the complete power of Democrats who immediately proceeded to cut off all further military aid for the South Vietnamese government, ensuring its defeat.
Timothy A. replies:
Apparently, in honor of “President’s Day” various Cornerites praised individual Presidents.
It is a wonder Chavez didn’t praise LBJ for the 1965 Immigration Act. Maybe she thinks JFK signed it.
The Chavez item saying that Saigon fell during the presidency of Richard Nixon was posted at 3:30 p.m. February 21. It’s now after 11:30 a.m. February 22. Twenty hours have passed, and no one at NRO has noticed the mistake.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at February 22, 2011 11:30 AM | Send