Bmj Usa: Editor's Choice

Being unpatriotic for our country

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 19 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:E195
  1. Steven H Woolf, MD, MPH

    From BMJ USA 2003;Mar:118

    Lyndon Johnson was displeased in February 1968 when Walter Cronkite, the most trusted man in America, spoke out against the Vietnam War. Johnson later said, “If I've lost Cronkite, I've lost middle America.” Perhaps it was unpatriotic to not support the White House, but Cronkite was being unpatriotic for his country.

    Now, 35 years later, Cronkite has done it again. In an interview on CNN, he spoke out against war with Iraq. “We might win a war and never establish a peace again with those people.”'

    Cronkite's views on terrorism are interesting. “We have been warned …

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