Santayana is right sometimes
Polistra repeatedly kicks the idiocy about repeated actions. No mystery, no failure of learning, no insanity. When powerful people repeat the same action with the same supposedly "bad" result, it's because they want the "bad" result. Bad for us is good for them. Kill the poor, enrich the Chosen.
BUT! What about the rare cases where powerful people DO NOT REPEAT?
Here's a good example. Compare Wilson in WW1 with Bush/Obama in WW3.
Wilson created a vast bureaucracy and a vast internal terror apparatus. Huge numbers of Americans were arrested for various types of heresy. Wilson's bureaucracies set up the conditions for the Dust Bowl and the Depression and WW2 ... and then they DISAPPEARED. None of the WW1 structure continued. Even the secret police went away.
Bush created an even larger terrorist structure. Heimatssicherheitsdienst, TSA, expansion of FBI into Chief Terror Mastermind, expansion of NSA.... and none of it is going to disappear. It continues to grow after 14 years..
Clearly Bush/Obama LEARNED THE LESSON OF HISTORY. Bush's puppetmasters studied how Wilson built a slipshod tyranny that lasted only a couple of years, and FIGURED OUT HOW TO MAKE IT PERMANENT. Remember all that talk about "long twilight struggle" and "bitter-enders" and "generational struggle"? They knew what they were doing.
Lesson #1 was: Don't let foreigners start wars. Foreigners may have an actual goal in mind, which will lead to a quick end and firm victory. Always start wars before anyone else has the chance.
Lesson #2: DON'T LET A WAR END. Start a war, then do whatever is necessary to prevent either side from winning. Keep it running and running and running.
Now: What happens when a foreigner surprisingly intervenes to STOP a war? Clearly this wasn't part of the plan. We had Syria set up to run forever, and this horrible Putin roars in to UNCONFUSEDLY support ONE SIDE. That's a recipe for disaster. Peace is disaster.
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