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American Goodness and Greatness

In the images of falling statues, we have witnessed the arrival of a new

era. For a hundred years of war, culminating in the nuclear age, military

technology was designed and deployed to inflict casualties on an ever-growing

scale. In defeating Nazi Germany and imperial Japan, Allied Forces destroyed

entire cities, while enemy leaders who started the conflict were safe until the

final days. Military power was used to end a regime by breaking a nation.

Today, we have the greater power to free a nation by breaking a dangerous and

aggressive regime. With new tactics and precision weapons, we can achieve

military objectives without directing violence against civilians. No device of

man can remove the tragedy from war. Yet it is a great advance when the guilty

have far more to fear from war than the innocent.

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