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Are we supposed to have forgotten the U.S. military's use of Agent Orange (a toxic herbicide) in Vietnam? Today, thousands of veterans have appealed to the VA for compensation for neurological damage as a result of exposure to AO. Pilots flew the tankers, and ground troops were often ordered to enter areas recently sprayed with AO.
No action was taken against Saddam Hussein when his government killed 5,000 Kurds with poison gas. Only later did his possession of weapons of mass destruction ("a slam dunk") prompt the U.S. to move against Saddam.
Taxpayer dollars bailed out the very banks that caused the housing crisis in 2008. Today these same banks, flush with cash, refuse to refinance the 53 million homeowners whose homes are "underwater" (owing more than their homes are worth).
The American middle class reminds me of Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone With the Wind": "I'll think about that tomorrow." Tomorrow may be too late.