I’ve often thought that there are many tasks we take on in life where it takes years to see the full results. The best example I can think of is raising a child. A child can be wonderful as a toddler but become a tough teenager, or visa-versa, but the only way you can really know if you did a good job as a parent is after your child reaches adulthood, 20 years later. On page 119, Eisenhower is quoted as saying (of the occupation of Germany and Japan after WWII), “the success or failure of this occupation can only be judged 50 years from now. If by then the Germans have a flourishing, stable democracy, we will have succeeded.” This is another example about not being able to see success or failure immediately. His quote makes me think about the present-day conflicts we’re involved in – more specifically, Iraq. Right now, the Iraq War might look to some as a bad idea, somewhere we shouldn’t have gone, and a situation in which we shouldn’t involved ourselves. However, if in 50 years, Iraq is a stable democracy, will President Bush's policy be vindicated? Can what Eisenhower said about 1945 Germany be applied to 2008 Iraq?
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