Yes, I did think about mentioning Nixon and Vietnam, but decided it might lead into Neutral Zone discussions.
After all these decades?
Besides, my point was decidedly nonpartisan: that there's probably no such thing as a government leader who doesn't have some blood on his or her hands, whether intentionally or through tragic missteps.
Peter Purves, when he started going to conventions, said he wouldn't mind coming back for a story where the Doctor revisits the planet where Steven was left, only to find he's become a worse tyrant than the people he replaced...
Oh, that would've been a cool story.