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  •  The parallels of Vietnam and Iraq/Afghan (10+ / 0-)

    I'm old enough to remember the end of the debacle known as The Vietnam War. The US had spent 10 years hearing about the impending threat associated with the 'domino theory', and by the early 70's, we the people, were ready to turn the collective page on SW Asia.
    It's deja vu all over again, as 10 years under the harrowing 'Sword of Damacles' associated with the global war on terrorism has brought us not one but two unwinnable, asinine wars, at the tune of $4 trillion.
    Like Vietnam, people understand they were sold a bill of goods, and like a mark that's been swindled, we prefer to purge this from our national discourse.
    I submit that we foresnically analyze the run up to these useless wars, name names, put them in text books, and own these national abominations. Not wholly unlike the concentration camps that stand in Germany, not necessarily to shame us, but to remember what happens when greedy, born of privilege, chickenhawks take control of a country of frightened, naive, uninformed citizenry.
    This is our burden to carry.

    •  Put that book on the same shelf as (2+ / 0-)
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      KenBee, kurt

      A Wicked War, about a President who lied America into war with Mexico.

      Then there was the Spanish American War, from which we still have Puerto Rico and Guantanamo. And the invasion of Grenada had no real reason except to eat up all the media coverage that otherwise would have tarnished the Reagan administration after the bombing of the Marine Barracks in Lebanon (where we had no excuse for having troops in the first place.)

      The list is really quite lengthy. Iraq is just one of the larger disasters and wastes of life.

      The US Supreme Court has by its actions and rhetoric has ceased to be legitimate. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - over

      by Rick B on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 04:16:28 PM PDT

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