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United States: Essays 1952-1992 Chapter Summary & Analysis - "A Cheerful Response" (1986) Summary

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"A Cheerful Response" (1986) Summary and Analysis

After being attacked by two right wing columnists and pro-Israel advocates for his view that the U.S. and Soviet Union must unite to confront the coming Sino-Japanese world, Vidal concludes that America should withdraw all foreign aid to not only Israel but Arab states in the Middle East as well. His attackers are Norman ("Poddy") Podhoretz and his wife, Midge Decter, "that wonderful, wacky couple, the Lunts of the right wing." Vidal notes that "Poddy" denounced both him and Normal Mailer in The New York Post for belonging "to that mindless majority of pinko intellectuals who actually think that the nation spends too much on the Pentagon and not enough on, say, education."

Then Midge enters the fray with another attack on Vidal in Contentions. Like her husband...

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