Thank you for a reasonable editorial illustrating what so many common-sense
Americans already know. It is refreshing to read an editorial based
in facts and directed to moderate Americans instead of appealing to either
side's fear fringe.
Why should a persons citizenship make adifference how law enforcement
dealswith them? All people who are accused ofcommitting crimes
should have due process.If a person is holding a knife to an
otherpersons throat, or just about to explode abomb, law enforcement
now may justifiablyshoot them. Due process is not legally ormorally
required. And citizenship ought notbe taken into account.If
an airliner is headed to a city with intent toram into a building, the
military will shoot itdown. Guilty and innocent will die if thishappens, but shooting it down will be theright thing to do.If terrorists who are citizens are about torelease a toxin into the air
in a city, or aboutblow up a building and a drone is needed tokill
them before they do this . . . . What isWrong with this?
Enhanced interrogation = okay.Zapping a terrorist = not nice.Hmmmmmm.
This editorial is very slanted by the writer's personal opinions. I greatly
appreciate Rand Paul's courage to be the voice of dissent against an
encroaching government. Too few people have read enough history to see we are
starting to repeat history. Too many people are afraid of being bored or afraid
of conflict and will not research, probe or learn. They choose to be hand fed by
WHENEVER someone can get both "R's" and "D's" to agree
on something - thats a good thing.Mr. Gerson seems to think we are
obligated to commit U.S. troops to foreign countries in order to fight the war
on terror.I don't believe that. It MAY have been necessay 10
yrs. ago, but with drone use, and targeted special forces operations I think we
can hunt terrorists WITHOUT committing 100k of U.S. troops.I always
thought when we finally ended the Vietnam war that we were through "nation
building". The last 10 yrs we have gotten right back into that (losing)
business.We can no longer afford to be the worlds policeman. We
have citizens in the U.S. who can't even afford basic healthcare. Never
mind about EVER achieving the American dream.We CAN have a strong
military (for self-protection)but lets put a damper on the military/industrial
complex that is draining the U.S. economy.
Re Fitness FreakI couldn't have said it better. I wish
I'd said it myself.
I'm late to the party on this one, but should anyone still be
reading....Re: Fitness FreakIt is not the
military/industrial complex that is draining the U.S. economy, it is the
entitlement obligations being covered by borrowed money that is. Remember, even
though it does cost a lot to fund the defense department, it creates employment
for thousands who have gone to college and trained for skills. I respect that
kind of government spending more than the spending on programs that just pay
people whether they work or not.