If Bush, who brags about being a non-reader, had paid better attention during his "Ivy League" education, he might have taken more seriously the lesson that history and literature teach: War is by nature destructive, senseless and almost always futile. War is death and devastation, not "shock and awe" as televised in murky blue shadows on flickering cable TV screens.
Our blissfully ignorant president obviously failed to read or understand the major antiwar poems found in almost every high school and college literature anthology.
Stephen Crane's "War is Kind" (1893) is one such poem. . . .