I think of all the atrocities. I think of a madman who had all this power. I think of the destruction of the Jews, the misery, the horrendous suffering in the concentration camps [...].
I know it had to be stopped and we stopped it. But I don't feel proud, because the way we did it was so devious. How many years has it been? Forty years later? I feel I'm standing here with egg on my face. I was lied to. I was cheated. I was made a fool of. If they had said to me, Look, this has to be done and we'll go out and do the job...we'll all get our arms and legs blown off but it has to be done, I'd understand. If they didn't hand me all this shit with the uniforms and the girls in their pompadours dancing at the USO and all those songs--"There'll Be Bluebirds Over the White Cliffs of Dover"--bullshit!
If only we had a different approach, that's all I'm asking for. If you have to live through a war, be truthful. Maybe you have to get people to fight a war, maybe you have to lie to them. If only they'd said that this isn't the greatest of all worlds, and there's graft and corruption in Washington, and kids are going without milk so some asshole can take a vacation in Florida. If they'd done that, I wouldn't feel so bad.
--Dellie Hahne, 1984