Growing old does not mean growing smart. People like to say, “It took me a long time to realize that my parents were right.” The suggestion is older people are always smarter – always right. That has not been my experience.
I am one who is considered ‘older.’ Some think I am pretty smart – others think I am a fool – so I guess my ages, by itself, does not defend me. There are many baby-boomers around today that have not learned much in their lives. How many of us know old people who are just not very wise or thoughtful. Old people who defend and protect their errant thoughts – justifying their belief with their years.
There are still people around who believe we lost the Vietnam War because of the anti-war protest movement in America. They are fools. We lost the war because it was an unjust effort at meddling in the affairs of others. Our moral compass was distorted by fear of communism and lack of insightful understanding about people in general.
So here is the question: What have we learned from the most destructive, war ravaged century in the history of man? We are talking about the 20th Century. WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq One. George H. W. Bush, a President who himself fought in WWII, knew the failings of war. He knew when the mission was accomplished and he got out – saving hundreds of thousands of lives. He is a man who learned from experience.
If anyone should have learned something about war it is John McCain. But that does not appear to be the case. There is not much question that John McCain knows HOW to fight a war – but there is great question that he understands WHEN to fight a war.
The President’s job is not just about how to fight – but more importantly, when to fight.
We are on the eve of destruction.