Learning from George McGovern and Earl Browder

"Do we sit on the sidelines and watch a population slaughtered, or do we marshal military force and put an end to it?"  -- Senator George McGovern, August 21, 1978The "it" McGovern wanted US troops to put an end to was the killing of millions of Cambodians in the late 1970s by the communist Pol Pot dictatorship.  Three and a half years after congressional Democrats made that slaughter possible by cutting off all US aid to anti-communist forces with their so-called December, 1974 "Foreign Assistance Act", their leader McGovern had made a complete reversal and was suddenly calling for a new US war in Southeast Asia.Why is this little-remembered footnote in history relevant today?  Congressional Democrats' March vote for phased withdrawal from Iraq is a replay of McGovern's treacherous thirty-five year old script with McGovern consulting from the sidelines.  Last November, the sixty-two members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, led...(Read Full Article)

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