An oft-quoted, seldom-applied truism holds that those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. So what have we here in Central Texas learned from watching a presidential administration based partially in nearby Crawford predicate its 2003 decision to invade Iraq on faulty intelligence or at least faulty interpretations of it? We sat back and cheered as military personnel, many from Central Texas, marched off to a war Saudi allies warned would upset the balance of power in the Mideast. They were right. Meanwhile, we reveled in our tax cuts and booming economy as troops got bogged down for years in a quagmire. Nearly 5,000 Americans died.
Father’s Day has changed considerably for me over the years. As with so many others, my father and grandfathers are no longer with us. Yet I remember well the many Dad’s days as a kid when celebrations centered on the older generation.
The vision of a brave new world in China three decades ago was captivating, exhilarating proof at last that democracy could prevail in an outpouring of revulsion over communist dictatorship.