Printer Friendly

Sharing the burden of the war in Iraq.

Here's what has bothered me most about how this war is being conducted: The whole burden is being borne by a small cadre of Americans--the soldiers, their families, and reservists--and the test of us are just sailing along, as if it has nothing to do with us. This dichotomy is exactly what the Bush team wants. From the outset, it has adopted the view that this war will be handled by the Pentagon alone. We don't need the U.N. We don't need our traditional allies. And most of all, we don't need the public. No sacrifices required, no new taxes to pay for this long-term endeavor, and no need to reduce out gasoline consumption, even though doing so would help take money away from the forces of Islamist intolerance that are killing out soldiers. This outlook is morally and strategically bankrupt. It is morally bankrupt because one percent of America is carrying the burden. We can't build a decent political center in Iraq alone. We need to enlist all our allies in this titanic struggle. [2/8/04]
COPYRIGHT 2004 Scholastic, Inc.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2004, Gale Group. All rights reserved. Gale Group is a Thomson Corporation Company.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:Perspectives
Author:Friedman, Thomas L.
Publication:New York Times Upfront
Date:Mar 8, 2004
Previous Article:New life for the long dead: they've long been Egyptology's stepchildren, but mummies are now attracting greater attention.
Next Article:Today's competition in space: keen, not mean.

Related Articles
IRAQ - The War & Reconstruction Costs.
Bush's ultimatum.
IRAN - The Domestic Market.
U.S. bishops renew stand on war. (News in Brief: United States).
Who should rebuild Iraq? now that most of the fighting has stopped, who should pick up the pieces? (Debate).
Best memorial would be to bring our troops home.
ARAB AFFAIRS - Jun 22 - Riyadh Pledges $1bn For Iraq Reconstruction.
An army under stress: a tale of two green lines.
Iraq vets take on Washington: soldier-candidates offer a firsthand perspective on the Iraq war.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2019 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters