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Who's Paying for Our Patriotism?
[FINAL Edition]
The Washington Post - Washington, D.C.
Subjects: Moral hazard; Military reserves; Families & family life; Hardship; Patriotism; Iraq War-2003; Armed forces
Author: Reinhardt, Uwe E
Date: Aug 1, 2005
Start Page: A.17
Section: EDITORIAL

A policymaking elite whose families and purses are shielded from the sacrifices war entails may rush into it hastily and ill prepared, as surely was the case of the Iraq war. Moral hazard in this context can explain why a nation that once built a Liberty Ship every two weeks and thousands of newly designed airplanes in the span of a few years now takes years merely to properly arm and armor its troops with conventional equipment. Moral hazard can explain why, in wartime, the TV anchors on the morning and evening shows barely make time to report on the wars, lest the reports displace the silly banter with which they seek to humor their viewers. Do they ever wonder how military families with loved ones in the fray might feel after hearing ever so briefly of mayhem in Iraq or Afghanistan?

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