Latest column, riffing on an Insight piece Holden brought to our attention recently:
A useful exercise: if the idea that the Bush administration is considering withdrawing troops, but only after the U.S. midterm elections, doesn’t give you pause to consider whether such a move might have political considerations behind it, substitute “Clinton” for “Bush” in that sentence and try reading it again.
You can hear the howls of outrage from the editorial patriot guard now, can’t you? Politicizing warfare. Putting his electoral fortunes and those of his party above the interests of national security.
Undermining our brave men and women in uniform.
And they would be right to howl. It is idealistic to expect that our most fearsome weapon, our ability to wage war, should never be used for domestic political means. It is idealistic to expect that no politician would ever view the death of a soldier or sailor as something less important than his or her personal future. But it is right that we should hold such sacrifices, such service, above any future determined at the ballot box. There are some ideals we should not dismiss as nave, as outdated.