Learning from past generation's mistakes

To today's young adults: My World War II generation has been called the greatest, but in all of American history, there has never been a generation as tolerant, as accepting, as respectful of each other, as yours, regardless of individual differences. Be proud of that. You have come of age, and it is time to take your place in history. Before you act, though, take a hard look at the mess we created over the last 25 years and learn from our mistakes.

The last combat veteran from WW II to serve as president was our 41st, George H. W. Bush. During his term, a Muslim nation, Kuwait, was invaded and asked America to save it. President Bush sent a force in and drove invader Iraq dictator Saddam Hussein home in humiliation. He did not keep troops in Iraq because he knew America would then be involved between the Sunni and Shiite Muslims, who had been killing each other for more than a thousand years.

Early in the 21st Century, three men, Vice President Dick Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and his assistant, Paul Wolfowitz, in their ignorance decided Iraq should be invaded.

They broke Iraq, sent us into a trillion dollar hole, and created the mess you inherited today.

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