Friday, June 16, 2023

RIP Daniel Ellsberg

The American public was lied to [about the Vietnam War] month by month by each of these five administrations [Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon].  It's a tribute to the American public that their leaders perceived that they had to be lied to.  It's no tribute to us that it was so easy to fool the public.

-- Daniel Ellsberg (7 April 1931 - 16 June 2023), United States military analyst who, while employed by the RAND Corporation, released in 1971 the Pentagon Papers, a top-secret Pentagon study of US government decision-making about the Vietnam War, to The New York Times and other newspapers, Hearts and Minds (1974), a documentary of the Vietnam War [1:17:35 onward]

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