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Ignoring History

While a lot of people are commenting on the historical ignorance displayed by Dana Perino, White House spokesweasel, regarding Cuban/US history as exemplified by Lower Manhattanite’s post, All You Ever Need To Know, Juan Cole takes on Rudy Giuliani’s rewriting of Reagan’s Iran actions in Giuliani, Reagan, and Kissing up to Ayatollahs with fancy Cakes.

This isn’t history for me, I lived through these events. I read about them in newspapers, not history books. I have the quaint view that no one should work in the White House at any level who doesn’t actually know American history. World history would be very nice, but American history is an absolute minimum requirement.