George Bush, the Joint Chiefs and Me
When I was in third grade the Cuban Missile Crisis was going strong.
We were all scared that our middle-aged fathers would be called to war.
Even the teachers were nervous. So on Parents' Day we were asked
how we would solve the crisis.
I said, "Why not paint the Cuban missiles with the American flag? Then
the Cubans would destroy them themselves."
Miss T. smiled indulgently. "How would you get to them?" she
I didn't have an answer and sat down feeling defeated.
Forty plus years later, I have been vindicated by a kindred spirit of
my devious third grade mind:
This wasn't the first time the vibes I sent out into the universe in
third grade got legs. During the Bay of Pigs itself, the Joint Chiefs
hatched a scheme known as Project Northwoods which involved attacking Americans
and saying the Cubans did it. But wouldn't you know, Kennedy nixed
While most people might think that these two plots, launched at the highest
level of government, were hare-brained, as the former third grader who
came up with them I have to say, "No they're NOT !
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