About Patriotism, Common Sense and the War in Iraq
� Patriotism is not the exclusive province of any one political, religious or philosophical group.
� It was a mistake for the administration to invade Iraq. We have made many more enemies than friends. Stated differently, the costs, however measured, greatly outweigh the benefits.
� The men and women who make up our armed forces are deserving of our respect, gratitude and support.
� In World War II civilians sacrificed to further the war effort. There was gas and food rationing, victory gardens and the promotion of war bonds. In this war the sacrifices are primarily being made by young people who joined the military to seek a better life. At a minimum the nation as a whole should take measures to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. One approach would be for Congress to enact laws that would impose tax penalties and provide monetary incentives designed to encourage consumers to purchase hybrid and other gasoline efficient vehicles.
� Whatever the basis for our country�s unilateral act of aggression, we find ourselves stuck in a quagmire, outnumbered by people who by and large do not like or understand us or our culture.
� It is widely believed throughout our nation and the world at large that we need to get out of Iraq. The paramount question is when and how without adding to the chaos that now exists in the Middle East. This is a complex problem that will not be solved by extreme partisanship and name calling.
� Since it is becoming evident that the war in Iraq and Afghanistan may well continue for many more years, we should begin developing plans to implement the draft.
� In this era of nuclear weapons, we must consult with our allies and be willing to talk to our enemies, all the while making every effort to maintain military superiority. In the long run, all people inhabiting our planet will need an improved version of the United Nations or its equivalent if we are to avoid self-destruction.