During an interview in January, President Bush was asked why, if the war on terrorism was so important, he had never asked more Americans "to sacrifice something." Bush gave the most unbelievable answer: "Well, you know, I think a lot of people are in this fight. I mean, they sacrifice peace of mind when they see the terrible images of violence on TV every night." What kind of crazy thing is that to say? Leadership is about enabling and inspiring people to contribute in a time of war so the enemy has to fight all of usnot insulating the public so the enemy has to fight only a few of us. If you want to help American troops coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan, here are some places to start: (1) Coalition to Salute America's Heroes (www.saluteheroes.org), (2) the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (www.fallenheroesfund.org), (3) the Fisher House Foundation (www.fisherhouse.org), and (4) the Walter Reed Society (www.walterreedsociety.org). We've got to take first-class care of those who've carried the burden of this war. It's that simple.
Thomas L. Friedman