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Friday, June 11, 2004

Young Yanked

Michael Young contends that "Ron Ran" from Lebanon, when Reagan pulled US troops from the country in 1983, doing vast harm to US interests and Lebanon itself.

Certainly, Young is right -- in fact, the US should invade all other countries, since, who knows, something might go wrong in one of them without US troops present there. "Running" is actually a red herring Young is throwing us, since Lebanon presumambly was not in all that different a situation than it would have been if US troops had never gone in, so that not invading in the first place would have been just as bad as running.

Of course, Young has no way of knowing that things might not have gone far worse if US troops had remained in Lebanon. Perhaps it would have led to World War III.

Fortunately, ignorant columnists can't do as much harm as ignorant presidents.

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