Yesterday’s 60th anniversary of VJ Day brought back memories of WWII. Then, I started to list the ways that war differed from today’s Operation Freedom Iraq. I know the following list is far from complete but it is early in the morning here on the Vineyard:
- We were the attacked, not the attackers.
- The democracies of the world wanted us to enter the war. Today, most of the leading democracies opposed our invasion of
- We had the Marshall Plan to restore our enemies’ world. Today, we can’t even ensure the Iraqis will have electricity for a full day. Which brings to mind that we had a post-war plan because we were not under illusions about how wonderful the world would be for the defeated nations.
- Everybody – whether you were 5 or 75 years old - in this country knew we were at war. And everybody sacrificed.
- We were not afraid that a photo of a casket containing a dead soldier would inflame the populace against the war.
- Income taxes were not lowered. Our leaders were not convinced that we could have a guns and butter economy.
- Just about everything was rationed.
Rooseveltdidn’t urge us to fight the enemy by shopping.
- We had a President who listened to his generals. Now, we are seeing what happens when you think you know more about war and securing the peace than those who have spent their life at it.
Roosevelttold it to us straight. Why can’t Bush have the same faith in the American people?
I’ll stop now. It’s time for breakfast.
If you’re old enough, why don’t you add to the list?