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Dear Joe,

I know you and the B&W speckled haired guy that you hang with got your hands full in dealing with an on-fire world, but let me slip in a little wizened advice from three tinkering thinkers anyway.

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For generations now, we've been using and wearing out the wrong hoses. Therefore, I hope you remember Sun Tzu, the Chinese philosopher-warrior's admonition:

"You can fight a war for a long time or you can make your nation strong. You can't do both."

And remember that white-clothed army leader Mahatma Gandhi saying, "The future depends on what we do in the present."

And tie those words together with with Dr. Albert Schweitzer's richly experienced life, "If you truly desire happiness seek and learn how to serve."

Hopefully, over some lunches and dinners you and the Prez will kick these words and ideas around until the proposal herein becomes national policy, then other nations will make it theirs too and the world will be a helluva lot better place"

America and the world need more and different armies.

From the Roman Empire to the spiffily dressed British Armies to domino falling Vietnam, the rich and powerful often forgot too many important ways to win hearts and minds, while concentrating on fear, gunnery, stupidity, and laziness to address needs.

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