We consider ourselves progressive. We're so much more moral than those who came before us. They were misguided and naive. Only we, the current generation, are able to see through the lies and deceit to unveil what is really going on.
Yeah right. Give me a break. Just as now there are those who think war is good and noble and those who see the other sides of war.
After all wasn't it Eisenhower who coined the term the Military Industrial Complex in a very prescient speech in 1961?
Or better yet... give War is a Racket by Major General Smedley Butler a read. It started as a speech he gave across the US and it became a book that was published in 1935. And in case you think the Major is unqualified to talk about the realities of war please note that he is one of the few people to be awarded two Medal of Honors.
It turns out people were as conscientious and knowledgeable then as we think we are now.