Were we wrong? I have lived through two global conflicts: the west against Russian communism and now the west against political Islam. The latter was caused by western leaders exaggerating a threat from a tiny group of terrorists to win popularity in war. But the former? Surely the cold war was a good war, a Manichean struggle between competing visions of how to order humanity. If not, then it must have been one of the great mistakes of all time, and a horrific waste of resources.
Phi Beta Iota: Brother Spinney knows full well that there is no ignorance among the “leaders” who make it so. They are in this for the money. The ignorance is our own, as a public. Absent an educated engaged public, public policy is a tool for enriching the few, not the many.