As we celebrated Father’s Day, the world had a vivid example of the consequences of a son ignoring his father’s wisdom.
In 1991, George H.W. Bush decided not to invade Iraq when he had the chance. He knew that toppling Saddam Hussein would result in a civil war between Sunnis and Shiites for control of the country, which could trigger a larger war between these religions factions in the Middle East. He also knew that trying to force democracy on an unwilling culture was pure folly, as his generation had learned from the disaster in Vietnam.
His son, George W. Bush ignored his father. He invaded Iraq — resulting in hundreds of thousands of deaths, crippling injuries, a trillion dollars in taxpayer costs (every penny borrowed against our children’s futures) and the civil war and regional chaos we are now seeing unfold, just as his father predicted.
The lesson? Honor thy father.
Upper St. Clair