We will not repeat the mistakes of other generations, appeasing or excusing tyranny, and sacrificing freedom in the vain pursuit of stability. We have learned our lesson; no one’s liberty is expendable. In the long run, our security and true stability depend on the freedom of others.
These are the kind of admissions Americans need to make. Apologizing not for getting involved in the affairs of other countries — but for not doing the right thing after we got involved.