When John F. Kennedy won the standoff with the Soviets during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, there was more to the story.
You see, we didn’t win completely. Nope. Kennedy gave something up, too.
It’s true. Kennedy got the Soviets to pull the missiles out of Cuba, but he also let them save face. A month or so later, the U.S. pulled out some of our missiles, based in Turkey that were pointed at the USSR. So the Ruskies won something too.
That’s how negotiations work. Everybody gets a little something. Because it’s all about respect. Truly. Winning? Losing? They don’t matter. But respect, that’s everything.
And you know, in all fairness, we do need to do that with the GOP’s Government Shutdown. Because, as so eloquently stated by Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) about the GOP (who were almost immediately — and accurately — blamed and ridiculed for closing down the government):
“We’re not going to be disrespected, We have to get something out of this. And I don’t know what that even is.”
But what to give them?
Here’s the suggestion of what they should get by Laurence Lewis in a post on The Daily Kos:
Yup. That’s more than they deserve.
And besides, John Boehner can use it as a hanky if he doesn’t want to wear it.