Beautifully and truthfully put APL. I would like to add comments to your 5 points that agree and expand on your points. I think we should use it as a basis for a sticky we all contribute to as our statement of beliefs about this war and the past 50 years we have witnessed. These children who have only barely remembered Reagan have no idea what the world was like before Ike said what he said and when the Bush's came to power. They actually think we are right about our world view and that it is OK to be the top dog, while stealing the wealth of the planet- as long as it guarantees we can be greedy and privileged, while others starve and die.
Like we're somehow exempt from all the horrors and reality of life.
Thanks Nathan for mentioning what Ike truly wanted to say- this completes another triple helix dilemma and throws the whole shooting match into the bundle. this is not DNA it's TNA- Trimilindicon-ribo'nuclear' Acid, and a real confusing future for America is born. I never knew that little tidbit of info- makes a difference when you look back- we would have been able to add congress as a threat to us long ago. I see why they wanted it removed.
Remind me to get back to this, and don't forget Afghanistan too!