"… let’s be frank as the New Year begins: This sort of relentless pessimism is destructive and, what’s more important, it’s inaccurate. We in the media pride ourselves on purveying bad news, so it’s easy for our readers to overlook the abiding reality that America is generally at peace and, relative to most of the world, wildly prosperous. In our national funk, we paint the present in darker colors than warranted and the past in brighter hues. One way to position the country more accurately is to look back at the time of triumph in World War II, when our modern myths were created, and unpack what really happened. That’s possible thanks to an extraordinary work of history completed this year by my colleague Rick Atkinson. His “Liberation Trilogy” revises many of the things you thought you knew about the war in Europe – and teaches the greatest lesson of all for the present, which is the need for patience and perseverance against obstacles." Daily Star
Well, well. David Ignatius does not seem to grasp the difference between optimism and damned fool delusion. Paul Bremer was on BBC News America tonight, still filled with self importance and unwilling to take responsibility for the disastrous mess that he made in Iraq. He blames it on Iraqi politicians. That is a bit like blaming a lion for his behavior as he chews your leg off.
Ignatius calls on us all to remember the spirit of "the greatest generation." What? Japan attacked the US in Hawaii and the Phillipines. Germany and Italy then declared war on the United States in support of their alliances with Japan. How is that time anything like the gauntlet of self imposed misadventure that the US has endured since 2001?
Ignatius does not see that our malaise is the result of ten years of hubris and false optimism, hubris that that was based on all that "city on the hill" nonsense about how exceptional we are.
I fought a lot in obedience to my oath and I deeply resent this kind of crap. Where would he have us set out next to inflict our ideas in obedience to our optimism? Perhaps the duration of the next war can be calculated in "Ignatius units" rather than "Freedman units." pl