Thursday, April 05, 2007

"The past is always a rebuke to the present."

The above quote is by Robert Penn Warren, and it seems eerily appropriate when viewing the following, bereft of context:
The war, far from being the last critical test for the United States, is in fact weakening our position in Asia and around the world, and eroding the structure of international cooperation which has directly supported our security for the past three decades. . . . All this bears directly and heavily on the question of whether more troops should now be sent--and, if more are sent, what their mission will be. We are entitled to ask--we are required to ask--how many more men, how many more lives, how much more destruction will be asked, to provide the military victory that is always just around the corner, to pour into this bottomless pit of our dreams? But this question the administration does not and cannot answer. It has no answer--none but the ever-expanding use of military force and the lives of our brave soldiers, in a conflict where military force has failed to solve anything yet. . .
Those are the words of the late Robert F. Kennedy speaking to us from beyond the grave, from a speech almost forty years ago, on a war all too similar to the one we currently find ourselves embroiled in. For the entirety of Kennedy's speech, visit this post by RFK, Jr.

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