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Churchill on War (3)

Churchill on War (3)

con­tin­ued from Part 2….

Part 3 “Cure­less Fol­ly Done and Said…”: Why Churchill was Down­cast

What is the scene which unfolds before us tonight? It is cer­tain­ly not what we had hoped to find after all our ene­mies had sur­ren­dered uncon­di­tion­al­ly and the great world instru­ment of the Unit­ed Nations had been set up to make sure that the wars were end­ed. It is cer­tain­ly not that. Peace does not sit untrou­bled in her vine­yard. —Churchill on 14 Jan­u­ary 1952, Chateau Lau­ri­er, Ottawa

Toward the end of his life, the old lion who had had implored,  “nev­er despair,” was him­self gripped by melan­choly.…

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Benjamin Netanyahu on #Churchill

Benjamin Netanyahu on #Churchill

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Prime Min­is­ter Netanyahu pays Sir Win­ston Churchill a com­pli­ment (and this writer a small­er one), in his thanks for a gift of an inscribed copy of my book, Churchill In His Own Words, a col­lec­tion of 4000 anno­tat­ed quo­ta­tions (which Churchill real­ly said), along with a short appen­dix of the pop­u­lar apho­risms he nev­er said but which are fre­quent­ly cred­it­ed to him (Churchillian Drift).

The Prime Min­is­ter is not new to Churchill; he is one of those few states­men who pay more than rou­tine lip-ser­vice to Churchill’s role in his­to­ry. Unlike most lead­ers who invoke his name, Mr.…

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Churchill’s Naked Encounter

Churchill’s Naked Encounter

“The Prime Min­is­ter of Great Britain has noth­ing to hide from the Pres­i­dent of the Unit­ed States.” **

[More like­ly: “You see, Mr. Pres­i­dent, I have noth­ing to hide.”]

This was alleged­ly stat­ed by Churchill dur­ing his vis­it to the White House fol­low­ing Pearl Har­bor in Decem­ber 1941, accord­ing to Churchill’s body­guard, Wal­ter Thomp­son, and one of his sec­re­taries, Patrick Kin­na, on the strength of which I includ­ed it as like­ly in Churchill By Him­self.

The sto­ry goes that Roo­sevelt, inspired to call the new world body  he hoped to orga­nize after the war the “Unit­ed Nations,” wheeled him­self into Churchill’s room, find­ing the PM, as Har­ry Hop­kins put it, “stark naked and gleam­ing pink from his bath.” But Hop­kins was not present; he had this sec­ond­hand.…

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