Proportionality, long the mainstay of a modern society, has become a sacrificial lamb to the sensationalism exhibited by our warrior nation's attitude.
Within the time lapse of a normal eight hour work day, horror erupted in New York City, Washington D.C. and in a farm field in Pennsylvania when four huge passenger planes commandeered by terrorists crashed with three reaching their targets. The more than 3000 killed that day, 9/11/2001, exploded on our nations senses similar to that dark day of Pearl Harbor, 12/7/1941.
Calculations for the hard costs to America's treasury for the response to 9/11 day's horror has been estimated at 2.25 trillion dollars spent in the ten years we've been responding. The response is still ongoing, costs being added on, with the knowledge that values have never been placed on the thousands of lives lost or estimated for the tens of thousands of lives that are diminished because of being maimed by war. Our response, that knee-jerk reaction, to 9/11 was overwhelmingly overwhelming in a scale of time and cost to our nation.
When will our nation declare "Victory" and, with our heads held high, march out of Iraq and Afghanistan back home to the good old USA ?
Ronald C. Downie