Magazine article Insight on the News

A Letter from the Editor

Magazine article Insight on the News

A Letter from the Editor

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Dear Readers,

Now we know: U.S. and foreign military brass warned NATO politicos that the use of ground forces must accompany any air campaign and that such manpower would be required in huge numbers not only to ensure a win but to assure peace.

What brings this to mind is a dinner the other night at which intelligence officials spoke of the importance of integrity. Conversation involved an alliance (NATO) and a nation (the United States). To have integrity there must be underlying principles of truthfulness and honesty. To wit, what you say in fact must be what you mean. In turn, to sell security policy to the men and women who must pay with their tax dollars and lives requires that they believe their leaders, which is why we must elect leaders who can be believed both by allies and enemies.

Enter the hackneyed but well-established principle of character. Would any doubt former Joint Chiefs chairman Colin Powell if he advocated a war policy and said what was needed to win? …

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