Real Men Tax Gas

Thomas Friedman oped says its time for America to follow Europe's example and start placing heavy taxes on gasoline; we'll be better for it, he writes.

Published: 25-Sep-2009

Do we owe the French and other Europeans a second look when it comes to their willingness to exercise power in today's world? Was it really fair for some to call the French and other Europeans "cheese-eating surrender monkeys"? Is it time to restore the French in "French fries" at the congressional dining room, and stop calling them "Freedom Fries"?

Why do I ask these profound questions?

Because we are once again having one of those big troop debates: Do we send more forces to Afghanistan, and are we ready to do what it takes to "win" there? This argument will be framed in many ways, but you can set your watch on these chest-thumpers: "toughness," "grit," "fortitude," "willingness to do whatever it takes to realize big stakes" - all the qualities we tend to see in ourselves, with some justification, but not in Europeans.

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