Reader wants to know where Bush will draw line

Posted: Thursday, July 07, 2005

President Bush says that the sacrifice we are making to fight the war in Iraq is "worth it." I wonder how big the sacrifices would have to be in order for him to decide that it is no longer worth it. Already more than 1,700 American troops have died. How many more would have to die for it not to be worth it? Five thousand? Ten thousand?

More than $200 billion (that's $200,000,000,000!) has been spent to fight in Iraq. Is there a ceiling on how much sacrifice is acceptable? The cost of the war has been paid by reducing expenditures for domestic programs and adding to the national debt. Thus most of the cost of the war will be paid by our children and grandchildren. If the cost becomes $500 billion, would it still be worth it?

As a result of our unilateral decision to go to war in Iraq, we have alienated most of the countries in the world, many of which were our former allies. Only England continues to support us. What if England quits so we have no friends left? Then will it still be worth it?

President Bush has refused to set a time line for withdrawal. Perhaps instead he could set upper limits for sacrifice. For example, if 5,000 American troops are killed, or if the cost reaches $500 billion, or if England quits, then it will no longer be worth it and we will withdraw.

Better still, agree with the majority of Americans who feel that the war is now not worth it and call it quits!

Ralph Van Dusseldorp, Kenai

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