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Gerald Ford

Original post made by Jag Singh, Duveneck/St. Francis, on Dec 29, 2006

It is customary to look favorably on the life of a demised public figure. Thus, the accolades accompanying President Ford come as no surprise. Documents made public after his death now reveal that it was Fords’ close friendship that was instrumental in his decision to pardon Richard Nixon. It is also been revealed that Ford vigorously opposed the Iraq war. It is a great pity such high profile politicians choose to remain silent and remain disconnected from the public debate allowing the Bush administration to railroad the American public in what can arguably described as the largest foreign policy debacle in US history.
Also, largely unreported, was Gerald Ford’s decision to support the Indonesian invasion of East Timor which resulted in the slaughter of one-third of the Timorese population. Ford and his secretary of state, Henry Kissinger, offered unconditional military support to the Indonesian government and they appeared largely unconcerned of the appalling human tragedy that resulted from their decision (see It is also prescient that Ford selected key advisors in his administration that were instrumental in shaping Bush’s current Iraq war - Donald Rumsfeld served initially as his chief of staff and then subsequently as Secretary of Defense. Dick Cheney also served as Ford’s chief of staff. Paul Wolfowitz served in the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. However, Ford deserves credit for ordering the final withdrawal of U.S. troops in Vietnam and offering amnesty to Vietnam era draft resisters.

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Posted by Wolf
a resident of Palo Verde
on Dec 29, 2006 at 11:37 pm

This last piece by Jag reminds me again that when you have nothing to say, don't say it.

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Posted by Boaz
a resident of Greater Miranda
on Dec 30, 2006 at 1:09 pm

I would have thought that Jag would not be posting for a few days since I am sure that he is in mourning for the death of Saddam Hussein.
I guess even grief for one's lifelong hero has it's limits when you can post stuff about Gerald Ford.

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Posted by Maron
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Dec 30, 2006 at 3:38 pm

Mr. Sinjh,

You should kiss the US soil everyday- because here you can say or write pretty much what you want without repercussions.

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Posted by k
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 30, 2006 at 9:14 pm

By a coincidence, I am just starting to read 'Halsey's Typhoon' by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin and references have been made on TV to this book and how there is a compelling story of Gerald Ford's bravery and skill while in the U.S. Navy.
While I was quite young during President Ford's time in office-Congress, Presidency -- it appears well documented that he was an uncommon bridge-builder and a moderate, and for that, as well as for his many accomplishments, I am grateful.

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Posted by Draw the Line
a resident of Stanford
on Dec 31, 2006 at 2:07 pm

Vigorously opposed the Iraq invasion? I guess I shouldn't be surprised that this is how you interpret Ford's carefully phrased quote..from ONE reporter, at the age of what..91...which he nullified in later quotes.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 3, 2007 at 8:25 pm

My family left Missouri in 1936 because of inauspicious conditions. I wonder why anyone would stay where they dislike the conditions so much.

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