On the ten year anniversary, the American media are currently discussing the outcome of American intervention into the domestic affairs of Iraq.
It cost 10 billion dollars of borrowed money.
There is no peace order or security in the land.
Seldom are young American lives lost mentioned. Or the plight of those who came home suffering physical and emotional trauma from what they witnessed. Or the lives of families of men ,little more than boys ,who paid the ultimate price.
At the time the U.S. was mustering other nations, France refused to join them.
As did Canada. Jean Chretien owed his back to back majority to that decision.
Messrs Rumsfeld and Cheney had some scathing things to say about the French. Removing the term "french fries" from menus was contemplated.
The French have memories. As do the Belgians. And the British.
Algiers, French Indo-China, Belgian Congo, Kenya, Kikuyu. Mau-Mau, all names that conjure history of atrocity.
The British exited Palestine at midnight, leaving tanks and weapons in the streets for whoever might wish to make use of them.
Palestinian refugees are still refugees.
Israel has little more security now than she did then.
Sandra Day O'Connor, first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, was a guest on Charlie Rose again last night.
She referred once more to the appalling fact American children are not taught civics in school. How their government works is not considered of sufficient importance to teach.
The retired Chief Justice has taken it upon herself, using social media and a team of excellent teachers, to design computer games
to stimulate young people's interest in the nation's history.
Thousands of children are learning what schools are not teaching .
The numbers are growing.
The government can put them into uniform, teach them how to kill, send them to barren places to lay down their lives.
But the government chooses not to tell them why.