Wed. Oct 4th, 2023

Imagine if President Truman had said of North Korea’s invasion of the South: “[Stalin] said he didn’t meddle — I asked him again. You can only ask so many times. I just asked him again. He said he absolutely did not meddle in [North Korea’s decision to invade]. He did not do what they are saying he did. Every time he sees me he says, ‘I didn’t do that,’ and I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it. I think he is very insulted by it, which is not a good thing for our country.”

Or imagine if some other president had said there was no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe. OK, that you don’t have to imagine. Just recall the immediate, pounding, and sustained ridicule of President Ford. The above Truman quote never materialized, of course, but with minor substitutions — Putin for Stalin; the U.S. election for North Korea’s decision — it materialized in the otherwise vacuous head of Mr. Trump. And it vastly out-dumbed Gerald Ford’s revisionism.

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