Halberstam's piece is especially useful for deconstructing the Truman Analogy, by which true believers continue to find hope in Bush's entrenched approval ratings, his "bold" doctrinal pronouncements regarding freedom, and his oversight of an inconclusive and increasingly unpopular war. The logical pattern here is familiar. Just as many contemporary conservatives profess their love for a civil rights movement they most certainly would have opposed in its day, Bush and friends genuflect at the altar of Harry, even as they behave in a way that most closely resembles Truman's bitterest foes.

You know what else made Truman special? He listened to striped-pants effete State Department types like this man

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