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Thursday, February 06, 2003
Today's Guardian features "The disquieted American," a review of Daniel Ellsberg's excellent book Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers by Chalmers Johnson that first appeared in the London Review of Books.
Johnson points out similarities between the Vietnam conflict and the current war on terror and attempts to answer if presidential lies about war are isolated incidents or a systematic problem. He decides the latter is more likely. "I believe that the advance of militarism in the United States is irreversible,'" Johnson writes. "If I am wrong, I will be forgiven because people will be so glad I was wrong."