PATRIOTISM consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong,” said James Bryce, a British academic, jurist, historian and liberal politician.
Americans won’t like this. Practically everyone else will: Americans simply can never admit they were wrong.
Ill-begotten wars – from Vietnam to Afghanistan – have accomplished nothing but increasing enemies toward American arrogance. Nothing could have been more misguided than the Iraq war, based on a mythical collection of weapons of mass destruction. The lie, the war and the occupation cost the lives of 4,801 Americans plus 179 UK lives and the death of 1,455,590 Iraqis. The WMDs never existed.
Instead of an admission that the Iraq debacle was wrong, the fraudsters made lame excuses in attempts to exonerate themselves. “There is nothing less to our credit than our neglect of the foreigner and his children, unless it be the arrogance most of us betray when we set out to ‘Americanize’ him,” wrote American sociologist Charles Horton Cooley.