Friday, July 18, 2003

Anything would be better than nothing

Bush's great error was not to have prepared the public for the possiblity that Iraq might not be a cakewalk. Bush skipped the "blood, toil, sweat and tears" speech. Saw no need for that. Neither did he say anything to the effect of "ask not what your country can do for you..." Why has so much been asked of those 18 year olds coming home in body bags -- guys who wouldn't have been allowed to legally drink beer in the USA for another four years, and so little been asked of the rest of America? This is not how a leader unites a great country. A nation pays a price when it lets 99 percent of the population off the hook while a few kids give everything for the war. F or one thing, it fosters a collective sense of guilt. It also breeds the feeling of impotence that comes from the misplaced belief that one has nothing to contribute to the effort. Such states of mind a true leader would fight like the plague. He'd ask something of his fellow Americans: A tax hike to increase military pay. A big push towards energy conservation. Anything would be better than nothing.

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