August 28, 2009
Get ready for an all-Kennedy weekend by the networks and newspapers. It will be mostly worship with his flaws easily excused.
I have written about the man and his humanity, but today it's about his politics and the policies that flowed from them. The Boston Globe's Jeff Jacoby has written a good column about some of those policies. In it, Jacoby says Kennedy failed to take seriously the Cold War. In 1968, the year the Soviets invaded Czechoslovakia, Kennedy said the Soviet Union's only satellite was East Germany. He described Soviet dictator Leonid Breznev as "a warm individual completely committed to peace." He fought to cut off aid to South Vietnam and Cambodia that might have prevented the communist bloodbath and, of course, he opposed both Gulf Wars.
Will any of the major media hold him accountable for his political mistakes and misjudgments? Of course not. That's because for liberals, it isn't the results that matter, but the intentions. Liberals believe conservatives have bad intentions, so they never examine the outcome of conservative policies.
So get ready for the hero worship and the ignoring of any mistakes Kennedy made. Even Chappaquiddick is dismissed as something other than what it was. This is a standard that was not used when Ronald Reagan died.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.