11/13/2009 10:54 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

"War Kills Off Great Reform Movements"

Mr. President: As you consider whether to march further into the trap of Afghanistan, please don't forget the memorable phrase that E. J. Dionne recently attributed to historian Robert Dallek: "In my judgment, war kills off great reform movements."
Can't get much more precise than that, can you?
So, do you want to be remembered as LBJ in 1964-65, or LBJ in 1967-68?