One of the best written, and well argued sites on the internet is The New Nixon blog. I know that some might be laughing, but I am very serious. Richard Nixon was a most interesting man, and someone I truly would have loved to have had dinner and drinks with over a night of conversation. The blog from his library and foundation is as equally creative and mentally stimulating as the man they honor. I would strongly encourage folks of all political leanings to visit.
One reason to do so is the Sunday feature “Soundtrack Of Our Lives”, which takes us back to the music of 1968. The series reviews the music that was popular that year, and the singers that were famous at the time Richard Nixon was about to be elected President.
This past weekend Aretha Franklin was featured, and with the blog post came a picture of the Time cover from 1968 that featured her story. Frank Gannon, the writer of this New Nixon blog post, uses You Tube video of Franklin, and also footage of Barack Obama singing a portion of a Franklin song in Detroit. Writes Gannon, “Although ABC’s Jake Tapper dismisses it as “a rather awful rendition, flat and pitchy,” I think it’s pretty cool.”
The whole series of writings about the music of 1968 is just one of many reasons that The New NIxon is a remarkable site. Even though I am a liberal Democrat, this site is one of my stops on the ‘daily read list’ . It features punchy writing and thoughtful points of views such as this one, “Average Citizens” And Foreign Policy. The final two paragraphs sum up much of my thinking, and is just one small example of why this blog matters.
I hasten to add that Bacevich, author of The Limits Of Power: The End Of American Exceptionalism, would almost certainly object to any attempt to use his insight as a McCain-Palin talking point. A systematic critic of the neocon experiment in Iraq to which Sen. McCain seems inextricably bound, Bacevich believes that neither campaign has articulated a comprehensive foreign policy vision beyond Afghanistan and Iraq.
For his part, Bacevich, a self-described Catholic conservative, advocates the Cold War model of containment as a strategy for winning a decades-long war on terror: Reducing the U.S. military presence in the Middle East, cutting off funding for violent Islamists through energy independence, and cultivating liberal tendencies in the region’s politics and culture. He suggests that the hallmarks of our policy should be prudence and patience. According to Robert Kaiser’s book review in the Washington Post, Bacevich believes the Soviet Union was defeated not by Ronald Reagan’s aggressive posture in the 1980s but when Richard Nixon and Mao Zedong sat down in Beijing in 1972.
Whoever wins, he’d better have Professor Bacevich over for lunch.