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More From World War IV


Again from Norman Podhoretz’s brilliant new book, this time on p. 192:

By the time Reagan became president, we had been fighting World War III [the Cold War] for thirty-three years; by contrast, we started to fight World War IV [the struggle against Islam-fascism] only after Bush entered the White House. In this respect, it was not Reagan to whom Bush should have been compared, but Harry Truman…in 1947, at a time when many denied that the Soviet Union was even a threat to us, Truman saw it as an aggressive totalitarian force that was plunging us into another world war. If Truman had done nothing else than this, he would deserve to be ranked as a great president.

That is not only correct, but right–fitting and just.