Retaining perspective

| December 28, 2007

George Santayana famously said:

Progress, far from consisting in change, depends upon retentiveness…Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

Victor Davis Hanson, the noted military historian and classics professor, reminds us of the recent past in Iraq:

After the victory of the 1991 Gulf War, a bipartisan consensus had emerged that Saddam Hussein had to be contained — by both arms and sanctions. Our government wanted to prevent him from using oil revenues to obtain more dangerous weapons, destroying more of his own people, and from attacking or invading yet a fifth nearby country. Few, if any, disagreed…

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Category: 2008 Election, Geopolitics, History, Main, Military, US Politics

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Webster is Principal and Founder at Bruce F. Webster & Associates, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University. He works with organizations to help them with troubled or failed information technology (IT) projects. He has also worked in several dozen legal cases as a consultant and as a testifying expert, both in the United States and Japan. He can be reached at, or you can follow him on Twitter as @bfwebster.

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