This letter appeared in the Deseret News May 12, 2006
Building a Nation Takes Time
Nation building is difficult and takes time. We spent the time and money necessary to rebuild Europe after World War II, and the world is better off for it. We spent the time and money necessary to rebuild Japan, and the world is better off. We did nothing but run away in Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan and Vietnam, and the world is worse because of it.
If we want the world, especially the Middle East, to be better it will require time and money. That is the only historically proven path to follow. Leaving now will result in Iraq falling back into dictatorship and the rest of the Middle East beating their chests at the cowardly Yankees. If we stay it will send a message that America will not be bullied.