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12/03/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Nothing is Different and Everything has Changed

A friend and former Marine officer just forwarded this citation to me. It is a quote from the August 11, 2005 New York Times:

"Writing about Vietnam in the foreword to David Halberstam's book ''The Best and the Brightest,'' Senator John McCain said:

'It was a shameful thing to ask men to suffer and die, to persevere through god-awful afflictions and heartache, to endure the dehumanizing experiences that are unavoidable in combat, for a cause that the country wouldn't support over time and that our leaders so wrongly believed could be achieved at a smaller cost than our enemy was prepared to make us pay.'''

Right.

The rest of the article (query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9505E1DA143EF932A2575BC0A9639C8B63&sec=&spon=) seems as current today as then, replacing only Rumsfeld's name with Gates' and turning up the dial on Presidential detachment.

Alas.