Michael Dukakis Credits George H.W. Bush with Helping to End Cold War

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 1988 file photo, Massachusetts Democratic Governor Michael Dukakis makes a point during the first presidential debate with his opponent U.S. Vice President George Bush in Winston-Salem, N.C. (AP Photo/Bob Jordan, File)

BOSTON (AP) – Former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, who lost to George H.W. Bush in the 1988 presidential election, said Saturday that his former political foe’s legacy was his effort to help end the Cold War.

“Obviously we disagreed pretty strongly on domestic policy and I wasn’t thrilled with the kind of campaign he ran, but I think his greatest contribution was in negotiating the end of the Cold War with (Soviet leader) Mikhail Gorbachev,” Dukakis told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.

“What’s ironic and so troubling, just as he’s passing on, we’re heading into another stupid Cold War again,” Dukakis noted.

He also credited Bush, who died Friday night at age 94, with working with other countries and the United Nations in the first Gulf War.

“When it came to the international side of things, he was a very wise and thoughtful man,” said Dukakis, adding that he’s read Bush’s memoir, which addresses why his administration didn’t ultimately try to topple Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

Dukakis, 85, blames himself for his election loss as the Democratic nominee, saying he didn’t respond aggressively to a Bush campaign ad featuring a convicted murderer named Willie Horton who raped a woman and stabbed her partner while out of prison on a Massachusetts furlough program.

In hindsight, Dukakis said he failed during the campaign to draw attention to the leniency of the federal furlough program that was in place while Bush was vice president.

“Look, it was my fault for not mounting a very strong defense to that and I don’t blame anybody but myself for that,” he said. “I should have done a much, much better job with dealing with that.”

Dukakis said he and Bush never became friends, but met a handful of times after the election, including in the December of 1988 at the vice president’s residence. Dukakis said he never raised the issue of the Willie Horton ad with Bush.

Dukakis praised Bush for being willing to work with Democrats — unlike, he said, fellow Republican President Donald Trump. He recalled how Bush called governors from both parties to the University of Virginia for three days to try to craft a consensus public education program. The chairman of the National Governor’s Association at the time was then-Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton, who later defeated Bush in the 1992 presidential election.

“The interplay between Clinton and Bush was really kind of interesting,” Dukakis said. “I think probably most of us knew we were looking at the two candidates in the next presidential election.”


By SUSAN HAIGH

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  1. Hey….Dukakis….. so you now understand …the Iraq war , the shooting down and murder of 345 Iranian citizens in a commercial airline flight over International waters ..by Anglo White Supremacist President and C.I.A Director of the hub of the Deep State , Swamp, or Nazi party! And that’s just for starter… how about as Vice Presient ..his complete coordination of the Iran . Contra scandal … of transporting arms to Iran and Nicaragua proxy rebels to overthrow their government… and of …course the Drug running operations thru the C.I.A!
    So you also ,,, know that the U.S government now considers the Orthodox Church …an enemy of the Anglo White Supremacist Regime of Bush appointees…. and have taken the Russian Narratives to new levels… by Accusing the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Ukraine of collaborating with The Russian Orthodox Chruch and governnent of Russia to destabalize the democracy and the government of the Neo Nazi installed government of the Ukraine! And Mr. Dukakis …and no you understand…why these ideological demented degenerates have ordered with their stooges in the Ukraine …the separation of the Historical relationship between the Ukranian and Russian Orthodox Church..which apparently, the Patriach Bartholomew… has surrenderes the sovereignty of the Orthodox Church …to Christ… and has complies..illegally and without any authorization …to break the relationship with the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and Russian Orthodox Church… and has demonstrated… that even our Orthodox Church is corrupt thru and thru!

    This action should remind us of another Nazi organization in Germany…who blamed Jews for collaborating in anti government practices… and against the people of Germany! To this end…they marked their businesses as Jews… and as we all know …attempted to genocide them!

    Mr. Dukakis … you the victim of rascist propaganda by the degenerate Bush…in his presidential campaign against you …should understand ,,the implications of what just happened to our church by Anglo Evangelical white supremacist …who have been trampling thruout the Middle East …looting , murdering , and destroying the countries of the Middle East …just to spread their exceptional cultural empire of Rascist!

    You should feel good to know ….that we …the Orthodox faithful …just like the Muslim faithful …are enemies of America …because , we are religiously connected to the Russian Federation , who is an enemy of these White Supremacist …but not the world … and represent a threat to their plans of Hegemeny of the world! We are no different to these degenerates … than the Muslim Clerics…who resisted the invasions of their countries …and threatened to obstruct their plans to take economic, political , and military control of their countries!

    America is a Rogue , Fascist country …completely out of control … and if you can look yourselves in the Mirror , like Dukakis and his obvious Glory to America Greek Secret Society of Masons.. and say this is not true …then join the real collaborators of the overthrow of the democacies of the world!… TNH and the Aristocratic cheer leaders of the controlled Media!s

    Mr Dukakis … Just t think …if mainstream media ..has not concealed the real legacy of the Bush Family…you would have been the First Greek American President of the United States …but based on George Bushes record ..you also would have been the first Greek American President Assasinated …like another non Anglo Evangelical…John F. Kennedy!

    Mr Dukakis .. how sad it is …to be so close to the end of your life… and leave it .. with a lie!

  2. Hi Michael,

    While you’re on the roll, may I suggest that you also comment on the contributions of the
    Conquistadors to the new continent.

    1. Eleos, that was a good observation. Yes there has been a lot of bad in the world.

      And, importantly, at the time of the tragic downing of the Iranian plane July 1988, George H W Bush was not president; he was the vice-president.

  3. Ever the Apologist John, and embarrassingly…you and Eleos..reflect, why only white supremacist Aristocratic elitist..are capable of …. ignoring and defending the degenerate behavior and actions …by their White Supremacist leaders. Congratulation …in supporting the Bush family…. by rationalizing the murder and criminal conduct of somebody…as merely,,,,, business as usual ! You are both sick!

    As far…. George Herbert Walker Bush … As Vice President of the United States … he in his capacity and the archectect of the Deep State Secret Society… was really the acting president of the United states….under Ronald Reagan! He covertly continue to control the C.I.A and his former appointes…which include Oliver North…the convicted executor of the Iran/Contra arms and druig running operation …coordinated by George Bush! It is acknowledged that it was George Bush …based on the declassified documents of the C.i.A …and is why … Ronald Reagan … was not impeached …because , he proved that he had no knowledge of this crime …. and was done covertly …by members of the government!

    The blood of the shooting down of the Iranian passenger plane …is all over …George Herbert Walker Bush, just like his genetic degenerate son Junior …is …in the killing of 600,000 Iraqi citizens…but of course . you and john…will forget this … and just check it off …as business as usual.!

    Poor Ronald Reagan….George tried to assassinate him …but failed … and then …again proceded to order the shooting down of that plane… and put Ronald Reagan …in the same position ….having no idea …why a U.S. destroyer … not involved in the Iranian/Iraqi war would blow up a passenger plane in international water!
    However, the purveyor of this war crime …. and in trying to cover it up….did what you white supremacist do best ….pleading with your ideological , delusional belief …we can never be wrong~ Made this famous and despical response …to a simple question that based on the facts…should he apologize the families fo the Iranian murdered by him ….

    George H. W. Bush responded by saying, “I will never apologize for the United States of America—I don’t care what the facts are.”

    Interesting …. you and Eleos ….have got to be members of some of the famous cult of Greek Secret Society.members called Ahepa Masons…who I know personally! Only they can not only embarrass themselves in defending the Glory to America White supremacit of our government….but cannot ever take interest …in what this group …had just done to Orthodox Christians in the Ukraine … and our churches !

    But then again…John… if it is in the interests of the Anglo White Supremacist of America…it is just an acceptable …part of making money for you!

    John… and Eleos… spare the readers any response to your despicable apologies for murderers.! You are merely cowards…impotent to do anything…. and therefore…. find comfort in this!

      1. Good grief, for a while, I was hoping that some WiFi provider had closed Michael GianCrackpot’s account and that we didn’t have to be subjected to his Masonic , Fascist, who-knows-what conspiracy theories because he was off-line. Oh well, I still have time to write a letter to Santa at the North Pole, maybe he can leave me that gift notice in my stocking by the chimney this Christmas !

      2. Eleos and Spiro: The dignified interview given by Michael Dukakis definitely deserves a better (and longer) comment thread, focusing on the end of the Cold War. So glad it ended, let us not stir up another one.

        Rest in peace, G H W Bush.

        Best wishes to you, Mr Dukakis.

      3. John, you are 100% correct. Unfortunately, in politics dignified gentlemen end up last.
        “In hindsight, Dukakis said he failed during the campaign to draw attention to the leniency of the federal furlough program that was in place while Bush was vice president.”

      4. Hey Spiro…you should be doing loops …over the apparent corruption of Bart …. in being Blackmailed by the degenerate State department appoiintes of the Bush family…and the Neo Nazi members of the Ukraine ….installed by a coup by his former state department deputies and Iraq war crimes member … Victoria Nuland!

        The smoking gun .. is right in front of youj…. to pursuit with TNH… their apparent complicity…in dividing and destroying the Orthodox Church and Archbishop Demetrios ..in North America!

        You and Eleos … should pull out of your closet… the Brown shirts .. and join you Secret Society of Ahepa Masons… and demand the resignation of Patriarch Bartholomew… for corrupting the Orthodox Church…..and total reform of the Orthodox Church …to remove… anyone …colluding with Russia ….in threatening the democracies of the fascist regimes of the Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, England , Turkey and Israel !

        Imagine that …you are no different than the Jimmy Jones cults of the People Temple …. who cannot accept ….that what you did …and take responsibilty…. is support a Nazi government …like the one in Nazi Germany…literally,…. accuse the Ukranian Orthodox Church of collaborating against the State …to threaten their democracy of the state…and therefore …. demand in their interests … the separation of any connection to their historical spiritual brothers in Russia!

        It is clear Spiro and Eleos…that while you can ignore this spectacle… you would have been the same one’s … who would support ….making Jews…the enemy of Nazi Germany…because they were collaborating against Nazi Germans in 1940…and you definitely know what the prescribed penalty was …for Jews , Gypsies and anybody else …falsely accused!

        The only conclusions …readers of the National Herald News can make …by the … absolutely immoral narratives of Spiro and his Ahepa Masons…is that they with TNH… are collaborators to the big lies …of a bunch of Anglo White Supremacist group of wealthy Aristorates … who have killed millions of human being with their … obscene 800 billion dollar war budget …courtesy of a very sick society!

        Hey John… you are right about one thing …that Dukakis mentioned …in his politically correct comments …. that Spiro, Eleos …are crazy for restoring the Cold War!… And you are even in denial …that this has already occurred …thru the efforts of the Glory to America fascist …you kneel to !

      5. Michael,

        I don’t own any Brown shirts, perhaps you can lend us some of yours.
        If you are a taxpayer, then you a part of the problem as well not apart from it.

      6. Michael Gianakos says I am “in denial” that a new Cold War “has already occurred” Well, I will not split hairs about whether we are in a new Cold War or not. But regardless of where we currently stand on the war/peace continuum, things can get a LOT worse in the future if the US and Russia are not careful.

        I want peace myself. I think Michael Gianakos actually wants a war in which Russia (and perhaps other nations) would conquer the US, no matter what. Really sad. And a major war in the future involving both the US and Russia could free Turkey to attack Greece and/or Cyprus.

        Oh, and I do not “kneel to” the president of the US or anyone else.

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