Gore Vidal: ‘We’ll have a dictatorship in the US soon"

The UK Times newspaper has done an interesting interview with Gore Vidal. Here is an extract:

Last year he famously switched allegiance from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama during the Democratic nomination process for president. Now, he reveals, he regrets his change of heart. How’s Obama doing? “Dreadfully. I was hopeful. He was the most intelligent person we’ve had in that position for a long time. But he’s inexperienced. He has a total inability to understand military matters. He’s acting as if Afghanistan is the magic talisman: solve that and you solve terrorism.” America should leave Afghanistan, he says. “We’ve failed in every other aspect of our effort of conquering the Middle East or whatever you want to call it.” The “War on Terror” was “made up”, Vidal says. “The whole thing was PR, just like ‘weapons of mass destruction’. It has wrecked the airline business, which my father founded in the 1930s. He’d be cutting his wrists. Now when you fly you’re both scared to death and bored to death, a most disagreeable combination.”


Vidal now believes, as he did originally, Clinton would be the better president. “Hillary knows more about the world and what to do with the generals. History has proven when the girls get involved, they’re good at it. Elizabeth I knew Raleigh would be a good man to give a ship to.”The Republicans will win the next election, Vidal believes; though for him there is little difference between the parties. “Remember the coup d’etat of 2000 when the Supreme Court fixed the selection, not election, of the stupidest man in the country, Mr Bush.”


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"History has proven when the girls get involved, they’re good at it."

I second it.

Hillary the anti-war candidate?

I seem to remember that Hillary was one of the most pro-war of all the Democratic candidates, WAY more pro-war than Barak Obama appeared at the time (we now know he was a total phony and has completely betrayed his campaign promises). I have a hard time agreeing with Vidal that Hillary would not have followed the same pro-war path as Obama has in Afghanistan. Hillary promised to continue expanding the war in Af-Pak before the elections, so I'm a bit confused as to why Vidal would think it would be much better under Hillary Clinton.