Bush Slams Left With Schanberg Quote

You can always tell when President Bush has just delivered a brilliant speech...the Left gets insane. They're not too happy with him making the Iraq-Vietnam comparison...that's reserved for them, and he (or his speechwriter) showed a stroke of brilliance by using a New York Times quote from 1975:

A columnist for The New York Times wrote in a similar vein in 1975, just as Cambodia and Vietnam were falling to the communists: "It's difficult to imagine," he said, "how their lives could be anything but better with the Americans gone." A headline on that story, date Phnom Penh, summed up the argument: "Indochina without Americans: For Most a Better Life."

That line came from reporter Sydney Schanberg. You know, he was the hero in The Killings Fields, played by Sam Waterston. That one line proved to be one of the most erroneous predictions in the history of journalism. Sadly, history is repeating.

For a primer on the Cambodian/Vietnam aftermath debate between the Left and the Right, click here.