Herman King - April 28, 2010
Our last three presidents
have been such liars that many White House observers argue who
was the biggest prevaricator. (Going farther back, George H. W.
Bush's "read my lips, no more taxes" seems comparatively
innocuous). Bill Clinton's "I did not have sex with that woman",
was more egregious because he said it under oath (big mistake).
Surely, George W. Bush's declaration that Saddam Hussein had
weapons of mass destruction (as if we don't)! was a bigger lie
since it led to a "preventive" war against Iraq. Was the younger
Bush the biggest liar of them all? Wait a minute! The present
temporary occupant of the Oval Office has widened Bush's wars and
doubled (or is it tripled) Bush's debt. His promise of Change has
become More of the Same. Yes we can, is now, No we can't...or
won't. G. W. was a terrible president but gave us lots of laughs
with his malapropisms (I have a CD of some). Obama is eloquent as
long as his teleprompter works. Without it, he flounders. The
policies of Bush and Obama aren't funny. But neither was as big a
liar as Franklin D. Roosevelt.
There is a book published in
2003 by the U.S. Naval Institute titled THE ROAD TO RAINBOW. Army
Planning for Global War 1934-1940. Shortly after FDR was
inaugurated, the U.S. Army War College began preparing for a
two-ocean conflict against Germany and Japan. Remember, this was
five years before Germany invaded Poland and seven years before
Pearl Harbor! The author, Henry Cole, thought this preparation was
necessary, that it showed foresight. But was it necessary that FDR
go on the radio and lie to American mothers "I say again and
again, your sons will not die on foreign soil." I can remember the
sound of his solemn intonations to this day. West Virginia U.S.
Senator Rush Holt said the government was stocking coffins for
American soldiers during the same time FDR was uttering his
reassuring lies. (I heard Holt's speech in Union, W. Va). Though
vilified it turned out Holt was telling the truth.
Whether or not Operation
Rainbow was a necessary precaution, the fact remains that many
American servicemen died and FDR knew they would. Based on the
consequences (intended and unintended) FDR's broken promises were
the biggest of any president. Clinton, Bush and Obama are boy
scouts compared to FDR. (Though Obama has plenty of time to play