I used to be a Republican Hawk, I think the roots go back to so many members of my family being WWII vets, and the Nazis being the ideal boogey man in every discussion. Kicking Nazi ass was pretty cool. Still when you look at all the politicians in Western Europe and America who loved Hitler and what he was doing, and all our isolationism UNTIL Pearl Harbor that gets glossed over in the history books DOES spoil that bloom a good bit.
Also it appears that WWII was the exception that proves the rule for United States war intervention generally is a waste of life and money. The only war in my lifetime that I still stand behind is the Iraq War, but that’s ONLY because Saddam was violating a peace treaty from the Gulf War that we really should have stayed out of in the first place too.
Also I’ve become a LOT more of a cynic for “Good Wars”. Say the American Civil War (which wasn’t a civil war anyway, it was a failed secession), While I of course abhor slavery, that wasn’t what the war was about, and do you think if the South had won they would still have slaves there? They would have simply learned the lessons taught by the Northern “Robber Barons” in that its MUCH cheaper to have free laborers that you pay shit, and treat like fodder, who at the end of their shift have to look for their own clothes, food, and shelter, rather than human chattel who you have to care for around the clock.
Just like in the North, it would have lead to labor unions and rights, and what we would end up with is a country wayy better than the one we have just North of Mexico, and just south of what could be considered “South Canada”. Hell I’m immigrate to a 21st Century Confederate States of America, if my projections are correct.
Also look at what a totalitarian dump Germany has become, and all of this is under a rather Soviet-esque European Union. Do you really think once all the Jews and Gypsies fled Europe, Hitler died of Natural causes and new “Reform Nazis” started doing what politicians do the Third Reich would look much different than the EU of today?
Also while it would suck if we didn’t have a South Korea, didn’t the fall of the Soviet Union really teach us that the best way to kill a massive Communist Empire is to LET it spread?
I’m hardly a history buff, so my projections could be WAYYY off. A few of you know this stuff way better than I do. What do you think?