jeudi 27 avril 2017

Richard Nixon utile en 2017?


J'ai souvent affirmé que si on m'offrait l'opportunité de rencontrer un ancien président, je choisirais probablement Nixon. Pourquoi? Bien sûr pour le Watergate et la gestion de la Maison-Blanche, mais surtout pour sa gestion de la politique étrangère. Il va de soi que le scandale qui a provoqué sa chute le suivra à jamais dans l'histoire, mais on a tendance à oublier qu'on a eu recours à ses conseils longtemps après son départ. Un héritage politique est souvent bien nuancé et il est bon de le rappeler.

 "Today’s leaders can also learn to think in terms of national interest, versus becoming a prisoner to ideology. Of course Nixon was a partisan, and few possessed such seasoned political antennae as he did. But above all, he was a pragmatist, not an ideologue.

 When Nixon took office in 1969, America was divided and distressed, not totally unlike today. He was the first president in 120 years—since Zachary Taylor—to be sworn in with both houses of Congress controlled by the opposition party. Yet he worked with Democrats to transform the country and responded to the cries of the time by reaching across the aisle and accomplishing legislative victories with dramatic legacies."

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/04/27/washington-could-use-a-man-like-nixon-again-215076

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