Arlington National Cemetery
“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”
- George Santayana
EDITOR'S NOTE: I am not a veteran quite the contrary I opposed my generation's war in Vietnam as an activist the the Peace Movement of that era. I have no regrets in the choices I made but I have a great respect for those who make different choices in service to their country. That respect does not extend to those in the White House or Congress whose hubris sends Americans into harms way forsaking the hard lessons of history and becoming the enablers of mission creep.
I think the NPR program (hit link below) frames our national ambivalence well. My "takeaway" is that we are still fighting wars in the Middle East which were framed by persons long dead - Queen Victoria and Winston Churchill who drew lines in the desert sands of the Middle East which made no historical sense but have unleashed generation upon generation of hopeless efforts to stem the tides of history bent on tearing this part of the world apart. But we never learn.
The blame for our current predicament is on George W. Bush and his neo-con henchmen who saw 9/11 as the pretext for creating what George H. W. Bush referred to as a "new world order" - to remake a region in our own image! But as time has gone by another version of Pax Americana has morphed into a disaster into which has stepped ISIS/ISIL which has its own imperial vision - the creation of a new Ottoman Empire or Caliphate stretching from Baghdad to Damascus.
Audio Essay: Remembering Those Who ServeThis Veterans Day, The Takeaway offers our thanks and appreciation to all of the men and women who have served our country, in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and in wars past.--------------------------------For more...