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Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr. "Defense and the Democrats"

Daniel Patrick Moynihan  |  DVD
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  • Actors: Daniel Patrick Moynihan
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Southern Educational Communications Association (SECA)
  • DVD Release Date: April 12, 2010
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B003GXE9SM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #451,387 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Taped on August 15, 1980.
A high-energy duel between well-matched antagonists--though ones who agree, probably, on as much as they disagree on. Senator Moynihan had just, at the Democratic Convention, spoken approvingly of President Carter's defense policies--to, as Buckley puts it, "my stupefaction and that of others." Today's discussion ranges from the bloodbath in Cambodia at the hands of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, to the Soviets' use of Cuban troops as proxies in Africa, to the theory of Mutual Assured Destruction. Moynihan: "We thought the Russians would build up to our level [in nuclear weapons]--parity--and then stop, because we thought they had the same view we had. It turned out they didn't. They have different tastes, they have different history, they have different attitudes."
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4.0 out of 5 stars Verbal missiles disarmed August 25, 2010
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One of New York's finest politicians in recent times, Sen. Patrick Moynihan(Democrat)withstands the bright studio light and verbal missiles that Bill Buckley sends him with with unflinching candor. Whether United Nations ills or foreign diplomacy shortcomings, these two products of academe engage in modest close combat at the close of the Carter administration. Senator Moynihan, a distinguished published scholar, served over 5 administrations with distinction and fairness, couches his arguments in historical detail. In time they explore the fragility of the in-coming(Reagan)administration poised on the edge of another military-led build-up of the nuclear arm race with Russia. Moynihan emphasizes impartially throughout the discussion the deadly path the U.S. faces as a nation which could lead us to Afghanistan and the festering thorn of Iran. Unlike today's lobby-politicians, Buckley and Moynihan both concede error with quick recall and candor, never sinking away into vagueness.(so refreshing) Like good fellows,(gentlemen we would say)you are left with the confidence that our nation was well-served by these men of substance and concern. Back then (1980) our statesmen, though in disagreement, were still having a conversation to find common good. To Moynihan's credit, the bi-partisan acceptance of his eloquent mind is shown here in a captivating,almost Roman lustre as they explore the nature of national defense with the stakes mutually clear.
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