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]