Monday, September 9, 2013
Commentary by Evan Smith
Tonight, we’ll either hear the President’s arguments for attacking Syria or learn that diplomacy has averted the crisis.
An attack would be aimed at stopping the slaughter of innocent people and the spread of chemical weapons.
It’s a noble objective, but it comes at a time when Americans have lost thousands of lives and billions of dollars on wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
If Americans believe an attack is worth doing, we should be willing to sacrifice with a special tax to pay for the action and a draft in case we need a larger military.
If we take military action, it should come with sacrifice. If we aren’t willing to make the sacrifices, we shouldn’t do it.
We fought in Iraq and Afghanistan with no financial sacrifice and with the fighting sacrifice falling only on a few. If we fight this time, we should be willing to sacrifice.