After 9/11 I agreed with the invasion of Afghanistan, the breeding ground for al-Qaeda. I later learned the C-I-A and the Army battled over who would control the war, and big mistakes were made … allowing Osama bin Laden to escape for nearly ten more years.
I agreed with tightening airport security. I was encouraged that the F-B-I now had its “eye” on the terrorism “ball”, and was hopeful that all our intelligence agencies would be communicating with each other, and foreign agencies as well. I never supported our invasion of Iraq, whose people and government had nothing to do with 9/11.
Two huge flaws with our so-called “War on Terrorism”; so few of our national leaders have had any “skin in the game” … very few relatives of politicians have served in our military during these past ten years. Indeed, the war has been an impersonal matter for the majority of Americans.
Second huge flaw; running two combat missions on a credit card for ten years. That is absolutely irresponsible and even insane.
Our thought for today is from Oscar Wilde:
“Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.”