Charles Glass was ABC News Chief Middle East Correspondent from 1983 to 1993. His books include Tribes with Flags (Atlantic Monthly Press,1990) and Americans in Paris: Life and Death Under Nazi Occupation (Penguin Press, 2010).
Chicago’s most recent claim to singularity is its gift to the nation of Barack Hussein Obama. It seems surprising that no Chicagoan before him had seized the White House, given Chicago’s significance in national electoral politics. At his inauguration on January 20th, Obama vowed to “remake America.” His devoted supporters were entitled to ask whether he remade Chicago during his twenty-one years there, three as a community organizer and eighteen as a lawyer and politician.
“I remember as a young lieutenant hearing another senator say something like that back in 1972. What would have happened if President Nixon had bowed to the anti-war pressure and just pulled out of Vietnam? Where would we be then?”, the soldier asked the congressman–who replied: “How many American dead were there when Nixon was thinking of pulling out, General? Wasn”t it 58,000? And, with the attrition rate been pretty constant for the last thirty years, we”ve lost just over 200,000 soldiers up to now. And I don”t know how many Vietnamese have died. Just about the whole country from the numbers I”ve seen. How many more? General, how many more?”