Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) It is rare to see a Republican congressman quote a former Democratic POTUS to make a point, but in this month's "Washington Report," John J. "Jimmy" Duncan, Jr., does just that.
Congressman Duncan first discusses the situation in the Ukraine and the status of modern day Russia.
"Russia is not capable of renewing the COLD WAR even if it wanted to. Their troop numbers are down from the 4.3 million in President Reagan's tenure to less than one million."
Mr. Duncan then devotes an entire column to President John F. Kennedy.
"In a speech at the University of Washington in 1961, President John F. Kennedy said...
'...we must face problems which do not lend themselves to easy or quick or permanent solutions.
...we must face the fact that the United States is neither omnipotent or omniscient--that we are only six percent of the world's population--that we cannot impose our will upon the other 94 percent of mankind--that we cannot right every wrong or reverse each adversity--and that therefore there cannot be an American solution to every world problem.'"
Congressman Duncan tells us that the major differences between 2014 and 1961 are that "we are only four percent of the world's population and that we are almost $17.5 trillion in debt."
The Congressman goes on to quote Anne-Marie Slaughter, former director of policy planning at the State Department, as saying the government of the United States...
"would do well to turn down its sanctimony" about Russian annexation of Crimea "its playing into Vladimir Putin's hands."
Congressman Duncan argues that our exaggeration of the Crimean Crisis only makes Putin stronger "as if it were a renewal of the Cold War."
"Washington Report," by John J. Duncan, Jr. Member of Congress, House of Representatives, Washington, D.C., April 2014.
We have had the pleasure of having Congressman Duncan visit our classroom at Carter High School and speak to our students. His daughter, Tara, was one of our 'best and brightest' students, and his father, former Congressman John J. Duncan, Sr. took us to lunch at the Capitol restaurant during our visit in 1972. The Duncan family has well represented the 2nd District of Tennessee.