Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Doomed to Repeat

"Considering the size of the problem, the equipment that is involved on the other side, the [Cuban] nationalists fervor which may be engendered, it seems to me we could end up bogged down. I think we should keep constantly in mind the British in the Boer War, the Russians in the last war with the Finnish and our own experience with the North Koreans. . . ."

"An invasion would have been a mistake--a wrong use of our power. But the military are mad. They wanted to do this."

--John F. Kennedy, November 5, 1962

From An Unfinished Life by Robert Dallek

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