McGovern to Obama: Call 'Time-Out on War'

War not the best solution to terrorism, ex-candidate argues
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 22, 2009 2:18 PM CST
Former United States Senator George McGovern arrives at the American Film Institute Life Achievement Award dinner honoring Warren Beatty in Los Angeles on Thursday, June 12, 2008.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
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(Newser) – George McGovern would like to take the “war” out of the war on terror. The 1972 Democratic presidential nominee, writing in the Washington Post, cautions President Obama against diving headlong into Afghanistan, a battleground that has broken two empires already. “Let me suggest a truly audacious hope for your administration,” he offers. “How about a five-year time-out on war?”

Some wars are necessary, but McGovern argues that war isn't an effective response to terrorism: "The hatred of US policies in the Middle East that drives the terrorist impulse against us would better be resolved by ending our military presence." With the money saved, we could buy food for every school-aged child in Afghanistan. "It would cost a small fraction of warfare's cost, but it might well be a stronger antidote to terrorism.”