In the Age of Obama, the Eagle Has Fallen

Columnist Charles Krauthammer calls the ceremonial interment of the shuttle Discovery an act of "willed American decline."  He's certainly right about that.  It is an historic retreat for America. It was under John F. Kennedy, a liberal Democrat, that America was summoned to greatness.  Frustrated by a series of Soviet "firsts" in space -- first earth satellite (Sputnik), first man in space (Yuri Gagarin) -- the young President Kennedy knew that his talk of "getting America moving again" would ring hollow if the Soviets bested us in space. For the USSR, space was vitally important.  Nikita Khrushchev was the Communist Party boss who had famously denounced his dead predecessor, Josef Stalin.  Under Khrushchev, Stalin's embalmed remains were hauled out of Lenin's tomb, cremated, and buried in an obscure Kremlin grave.  But how to legitimize Khrushchev's own dictatorship?  How to show the world that Communism was the wave of the future?...(Read Full Article)

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