(JollofNews) – America’s sixth President John Quincy Adam’s caution to America not to go abroad to slay dragons they do not understand in the name of spreading democracy or securing American interests has been thrown to the winds.
Neither George Washington, nor James Madison nor Thomas Jefferson saw America as the world’s avenging angel.
The lesson of history is that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat the same mistakes. In a memorandum, addressed to the chairman of the Science Board, Paul Wolfowitz, then deputy secretary of defense wrote, “Our military expedition to Afghanistan and Iraq are unlikely to be the last such excursion in the global war on terrorism. We may need to support an ally under attack by terrorists determined to replace the legitimate government; we may need to effect change in the governance of a country that is blatantly sustaining support for terrorism; or we may need to assist an ally who is unable to govern areas of his own country – where terrorists may recruit, train and plan without interference by the legitimate government”! It is scary.