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 Post subject: CODY LYON: Time to Spread the Pain?
PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2007 5:09 am 
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Time to Spread the Pain?

Jan 19 2007


SO MUCH FOR NATIONAL SACRIFICE
Cody Lyon

During an interview this week with PBS’s “Newshour” journalist Jim Lehrer, United States President George Bush was asked if the struggle in Iraq is so “important to all of us and to the future of our country, if not the world, why have you not, as President of the United States, asked more Americans and more American interests to sacrifice something?”

Lehrer, himself a former US marine, noted that the only Americans actually sacrificing anything at this point were voluntary military members and their families.

The President responded that he thought Americans “sacrifice peace of mind when they see the terrible images of violence on TV every night, I mean, we’ve got a fantastic economy here in the United States, but yet, when you think about the psychology of the country, it is somewhat down because of this war.”

True, much of the sadness Americans feel about Iraq is based on what we read, see or hear in the media. But, our bout with the blues is a minor inconvenience when compared to the pain and sacrifice of American military families.

Face it, Americans can choose to tune in, or out and avoid news about the war if we want to. For many, Iraq is viewed as just another current event that may or may not spark political passions.




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Excellent article. Good responses to it too.

Just why are the very rich and very connected NOT being asked to sacrifice?

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