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They also listed these as the reasons for going to war here in the states.
I was basically trying to point out that the reasons used to convince the populace aren't always the same as the fundamental reason.
Say "Yah, we fubarred that one for the last twelve years. We failed to apply basic parenting standards to foreign policy and as a result we have to really exert force now. OOps, sorry!"
That doesn't work so well.
Unfortunately we can't change the past, so we have to make decisions based on the mistakes of our forbears.
It would be nice to say "****, if only those idiots at Versaille had been a little more rational, we wouldn't be here today!"