National interests

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I used to think that Dan Simpson was the most boring columnist the Post-Gazette published. I only read his columns because they dealt with foreign affairs, a major interest of mine. He wrote too much like the professional diplomat he used to be. Then suddenly things changed! You might say he found his voice.

Now he writes one of the very best columns in the PG. He’s quite right in his commentary “Invest at Home, Not in Wars” (May 21). Too often our military interventions create more problems than they solve. 

Our military involvements are often deadly to indigenous populations; they cost us many lives and much treasure and ultimately accomplish very little, if anything. Wouldn’t it be great to go back to the days when the words “vital national interest” determined whether we went to war?


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