General Stratton is in the middle of a dream sequence with Private
I tremble to think what this country could’ve been if we hadn’t wasted the lives of our young warriors and our national treasury in wars that were unnecessary for us to participate in, but instead had invested them in making this nation an unprecedented example to the rest of the world about the benefits of freedom.
(comes back and pours in other glasses)
My, oh, my, how much more we might have changed the world by example! But that’s another matter.
(passes out the drinks)
I have now absented myself from discussions at the top about the course this country should take. Or rather I have been absented from them. I am now officially recognized as a loose cannon. Sorry to go on like this, but thinking about the ill-advised wars America has involved itself in rips my guts apart.
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