The killings at Kent State reflected the usual lack of leadership by politicians.
The country was already heavy breathing about the Vietnam War and needed cooler heads, not the ones running the state of Ohio at the time. Instead the governor unleashed an ill-trained National Guard unit to handle a volatile situation. It was a precursor to a new breed of imperialism, one practiced every time we unleashed war since (and there have been many times.)
Paul Wieland, a longtime journalist, teaches in the Jandoli School of Communication at St. Bonaventure University.