I'll simply note that the mistakes that led to these lessons ought not be consigned to the dustin of history.
They were avoidable -- and most of all, they were foreseeable.
I am sorry so many had to die to make them plain.
I am sorry Mr. Cheney failed us all. Now go read the letter, in full -- but here's a bit:
. . . .I would not be writing this letter if I had been wounded fighting in Afghanistan against those forces that carried out the attacks of 9/11. Had I been wounded there I would still be miserable because of my physical deterioration and imminent death, but I would at least have the comfort of knowing that my injuries were a consequence of my own decision to defend the country I love.
I would not have to lie in my bed, my body filled with painkillers, my life ebbing away, and deal with the fact that hundreds of thousands of human beings, including children, including myself, were sacrificed by you for little more than the greed of oil companies, for your alliance with the oil sheiks in Saudi Arabia, and your insane visions of empire. . . . .
On the other hand, perhaps we failed one another, by re-electing him.
Here endeth the sermon.