Bush expressed envy for our troops in Afghanistan
In a videoconference, Bush heard from U.S. military and civilian personnel [in Afghanistan] about the challenges ranging from fighting local government and police corruption to persuading farmers to abandon a lucrative poppy drug trade for other crops. […]
"I must say, I'm a little envious," Bush said. "If I were slightly younger and not employed here, I think it would be a fantastic experience to be on the front lines of helping this young democracy succeed."
"It must be exciting for you … in some ways romantic, in some ways, you know, confronting danger. You're really making history, and thanks," Bush said.
I guess youth is wasted on the young, because when Bush was of the age when he could have served he shirked the opportunity. Now older, and presumably wiser, he wishes he were young again so he could face that romantic danger on the front lines.
In an unrelated story Karl Rove recently gave credit to President Bush for teaching him honesty and ethics.