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Posted: April 22, 2010 2:10 p.m.
Updated: April 23, 2010 4:55 a.m.
Executive-decision disasters that I have witnessed in my lifetime:

First, FDR.

At the close of World War II, our army was at the gates of Berlin, but we didn't go in and secure it. We allowed the Russians to go in and take revenge because of the atrocities that the Germans brought down on them at the beginning of the war.

No one knows how many the Russians slaughtered. There was no resistance. They scared Hitler so bad he committed suicide. We all know how long it took to get that mess straightened out: decades.

Korea: At the close of the "police action," Gen. Douglas MacArthur was in the process of driving the enemy back to China, far past the 38th parallel. President Harry Truman fired him, relieved him of command and he faded away. Now didn't that all turn out well?

Can you say nukes?

President John F. Kennedy got the Cuban Bay of Pigs dumped in his lap. The invasion was going on. The freedom fighters had been promised air support. The president nixed it. We're lucky that didn't start World War III with nuclear weapons, after Russia tried to install rockets with nuclear warheads.

Now we have a president who is in the process of disarming us, scrapping mutual assured destruction and playing talk nice to our enemies.

That's a plan that's always worked so well. The only question is, when Iran gets its working weapons of mass destruction, who will it drop them on? Our enemy Israel, or us? It's a mind-bender.

Of all the mistakes I've witnessed, this may be the one from which we don't recover.


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