Pubdate: Sat, 26 Aug 2006
Source: Daytona Beach News-Journal (FL)
Copyright: 2006 News-Journal Corporation
Note: gives priority to local writers
Author: Theodore T. Luciano


Re "America's other perpetual war: $40 billion a year to deny 
defeat," column, Aug. 22:

The last paragraph of Pierre Tristam's column is, in my opinion, an 
absolute descriptive gem of an all too prevalent American attitude, 
"fear of defeat." The paragraph should be required reading for anyone 
trying to figure out why we, as a nation, continue to follow failed 
policies at home and aboard.

Worse yet, when you couple this bad idea with its close relative 
hubris, "arrogance caused by excessive pride," another common 
character flaw we seem to share with many other great nations of the 
past, it will further explain why our leaders are so out of step with 
most of the world on many issues.

Sometimes it takes an "outsider" like Pierre, a man of profound 
insights, to show us the error of our ways, because rarely, if ever, 
do we see ourselves as we are.

Theodore T. Luciano

Palm Coast
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