Essay: 2004 Election: Let's Have a Truce

The advantage and drawback of democracies are that, in the middle of wars, we get to have a bloody, impassioned, rhetorically charged, knockdown bare-knuckled fight over who will run the country. We get to lambaste a President, his military failures, his rationale for fighting, his domestic policies and any number of other things. We get to call his opponent a traitor, a war criminal, a flip-flopper, a weak-willed vessel who will say anything to get elected. And much of the time, we even mean it. And then we decide. And then we realize that we are still in a real war,...

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