Re: Victor Davis Hanson, Aug. 15, “Don’t know much about history”:
I typically don’t read Victor Davis Hanson’s commentaries due to their being bombastic, duplicitous, and filled with illogic.
VDH assails Obama for his lack of understanding of history when he writes, “An ignorance of history also creates the same sort of self-imposed exile, leaving us ignorant of both what came before us and what is likely to follow.”
VDH’s convenient memory loss doesn’t recall that “W” had the historical evidence necessary to decide NOT to go to war with Iraq but chose to ignore it.
As Robert Fisk wrote in “Iraq, 1917”: “They came as liberators but were met by fierce resistance. Humiliating treatment of prisoners and heavy-handed action further alienated the local population. A planned handover of power proved unworkable. Britain’s 1917 occupation of Iraq holds uncanny parallels with today — and if we want to know what will happen there next, we need only turn to our history books ”
That administration’s fact-checking errors led to the death of more than 4,400 service men and women; the maiming of tens of thousands of soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines; and trillions in graft, corruption, rehabilitation and material costs.