The Theme Song From The South Carolina Debate

You know, the one they didn’t play, and the one they hoped you had forgotten, or hopefully, had never heard. The one that 4 out of 5 of these candidates, and the Incumbent, don’t want me to play. The one for the Road to Tehran. Sing it along with me, won’t you? I’ll even include the lyrics below the video.

“History was the cruel judge of overconfidence.” It sure was, and is. “But somehow, wisdom was hard to find.” No, actually he’s right there at the end of the line, though the rest are wishing he would stop being so wise. Roll tape.

Neil Young, Shock and Awe.

Back in the days of shock and awe
We came to liberate them all
History was the cruel judge of overconfidence
Back in the days of shock and awe

Back in the days of “mission accomplished”
Our chief was landing on the deck
The sun was setting on a golden photo op
Back in the days of “mission accomplished”

Thousands of bodies in the ground
Brought home in boxes to a trumpet’s sound
No one sees them coming home that way
Thousands buried in the ground

Thousands of children scarred for life
Millions of tears for a soldier’s wife
Both sides are losing now
Heaven takes them in
Thousands of children scarred for life

We had a chance to change our mind
But somehow wisdom was hard to find
We went with what we knew and now we can’t go back
But we had a chance to change our mind

A famous Marine hero of mine, Major General Smedley Butler, who was awarded the Medal of Honor twice, spells it all out for us in his classic tract War is a Racket.

Semper Fidelis


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