Bush's first Bay of Pigs
Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2002
by Ted Rall
"They hate what America stands for. They despise freedom. They now know we love freedom, and we will defend our freedom with all our might."
-George W. Bush, March 28
NEW YORK-You didn't have to blink to miss it. Let the record show that George W. Bush, reconstituted Cold Warrior and ardent defender of democracy, has suffered his first Bay of Pigs. Whether this experience will chasten him as much as it did JFK remains to be seen.
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