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“Peo­ple who fought in World War II were mar­i­nated in the ideas that evil is real and that Amer­i­can power is an es­sen­tial, ir­re­place­able force for good. They in­tu­itively un­der­stood the moral nar­ra­tive of Mu­nich, Buchen­wald, D-Day, Hiroshima, NATO, and the twi­light strug­gle. And they gen­er­ally shared the no­tion that the United States could do any­thing that power, wealth, will, and courage could ac­com­plish. This pre­sented the temp­ta­tion of over­reach, as in Viet­nam. [But] they twice saved hu­man­ity from well-armed, ag­gres­sive, to­tal­i­tar­ian ide­olo­gies—first as sol­diers, sailors, and air­men, and then as states­men. The United States and the world owe them a great deal.” Michael Ger­son in The Wash­ing­ton Post

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