You break it, he buys it
The problem with Colin Powellâ€™s â€œPottery Barnâ€ theory on Iraqâ€”we broke it, so we have to buy/fix it (besides that thatâ€™s not Pottery Barnâ€™s policy)â€”is that the people who â€œbrokeâ€ Iraq by choosing to invade it and doing such a poor job of planning and implementation are not the same people who get maimed and killed trying to â€œfixâ€ Iraq. Back in the pre-democratic days of kings and lords, the common people complained that during all the wars for resources and â€œhonorâ€ those who started the wars and who stood to gain by them were usually relatively safe on their horses far behind the front lines. At least the kings and lords were usually there. Today, looking at the casualty lists, not even generals seem to be in any danger (or theyâ€™re amazingly lucky). The real decision-makers arenâ€™t even on the same continent as the fighting they pontificate about. And this is considered the more rational, civilized way to fight warsâ€”by proxy.
So the next time I break something in a store, I guess I should find the person with the least ability to protest and say, â€œSend him the bill.â€