Letters to the Editor

Sen. Graham ignores money, logic

In his thoughtful letter ("Iran outcry raises questions," Sept. 25), Daniel Zamos logically rebuts the totally irrational arguments of our senator, Lindsey Graham, for an attack on Iran.

You do really have to wonder about Graham. Will this man never get enough war? Has the motto of the Republican leadership finally become "a vote for me is a vote for war"? Does he actually believe another Middle East war is in America's interest, or is he merely attempting to curry favor with the war hawks?

The Pentagon has told Congress that each soldier we send to Afghanistan costs the U.S. taxpayer $1 million per year. We currently have 100,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, costing American taxpayers $100 billion every year.

Are we so rich that $100 billion (approximately $900 from every household in America) doesn't matter? Surely, no patriotic American family minds contributing $900 per year to prop up a corrupt regime in Afghanistan.

In 1986, Jackson Browne wrote a thought-provoking song titled "Lives in the Balance" that every American citizen should hear. In that song, Browne asks the following question that keeps running through my mind:

"I want to know who the men in the shadows are;

"I want to hear somebody asking them why;

"They can be counted on to tell us who our enemies are;

"But they're never the ones to fight or to die."

I would like to suggest that if the senator feels so strongly about attacking Iran, he should round up a brigade made up of like-thinking neocons and war hawks (Charles Krauthammer, Bill Kristol and Sean Hannity immediately come to mind) and personally lead an invasion of Iran. I'm sure more would volunteer.

But, please do not ask America's brave military personnel to take on another unnecessary Middle East war. They have sacrificed far too much already. It's now time for those, like Graham, who have made no sacrifice at all, to place their lives on the line.