The Slow Drip of National Recognition of Complete Failure At War

Until recently, the Vietnam War generally was considered to have been the greatest military mistake America ever made. And in terms of numbers, it was. About 58,000 Americans died in Vietnam for essentially nothing.

But now, we may have an even bigger mistake. Consider, the Iraq War, in terms of its consequences, resulted in the destabilization of the Middle East, the ascendancy of Iran, the involvement of Russia in Syria, the rise of ISIS, not to mention the murders of more than 100,000 Iraqis.

Even Republicans now concede the war was a catastrophic blunder. People who do not learn from the mistakes of the past are condemned to repeat them. Maybe Trump isn’t as crazy as many of us thought.

David Harper

Crystal Lake

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