Monday, May 28, 2007

Hollow Words On Hallowed Ground

"In this place where valor sleeps, we are reminded why America has always gone to war reluctantly, because we know the costs of war." That's what President Bush said last year, in a Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

Those were fine words, spoken by a man with less right to say them than any president in our nation's history. For Mr. Bush took us to war not with reluctance, but with unseeming eagerness.

These words, fine words by economist and columnist Paul Krugman, are the first two paragraphs of his column today in the New York Times. On Memorial Day, they are good words to think about, reflect on, stew over, get mad about, get sad about.

You can read the full column here.

1 comment:

JR said...

And sadly Congress and the American public went right along with him with the same enthusiasm. Perahps the Iraqis are glad to be rid of the dictator who killed thousands of his own people with biological weapons, but at what price should America have played in ridding them of their own leader? And had the war been run differently with fewer casualties and us already out, would we still question our doing what we did? Tough questions.