There are some lessons in life we indeed never should forget. Viet Nam for me was one of those. I had no problem going after bin Laden and the camps in the north of Afghanistan, or even selectively taking out the RIGHT “BAD GUYS” with drones, but there was NO EXCUSE for actually invading Afghanistan and destroying the government, even a bad one, and even LESS rationale for invading Iraq.
Iraq and Afghanistan became gigantic “Zippo raids” with “shock and awe” and hundreds of thousands of collateral deaths, no excuse whatsoever.
Putin is NOT a “nice guy”, but compared to Cheney, Feith, Perle, Wolfowitz, or any of their partners or supporters, he’s a prince of a fellow, and a fairy godfather…
BTW, having had Russian and Chinese weapons fired at me, and killing my friends, I have a sense that I have more “right” to judge our relationships to them than any chickenhawks, or pure idiots, waving nationalism blindly in thee U.S. today.
I’m a true patriot with decades of service, not a “nationalist” who sees the world through blinders, or more lately, those may just be elephant ears with teabags hanging from them.