Gravel Can Still Make a Mountain

Source: Garrison Center
by Joel Schlosberg

“The passing of former United States Senator Mike Gravel (D-AK) on June 26 was largely overshadowed by that of former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld three days later. The same need not be true of their political legacies. Fifty years to the month before, while Rumsfeld was Counselor to President Richard Nixon, Gravel ‘didn’t really know what the legal consequences would be’ of ‘resting on the speech and debate clause of the Constitution’ to make public the top secret Pentagon Papers that turned popular opinion against the Vietnam War. In 2008, Gravel was one of the few presidential candidates offering a break from Rumsfeld’s renewed militarism in the Middle East, as term limits prevented George W. Bush’s re-election but not the continuation of his wars.” (07/05/21)