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WAR: Gates confirms suspicions about Obama

Re: “Gates’ ‘Duty': An honorable man’s act of dishonor” (TNT, 1-14).

Like most, I’ve read only excerpts from former Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ book – most recently The Wall Street Journal excerpt pertaining to Afghanistan.

Assuming that Gates is telling the truth, he confirms the worst suspicions about President Obama’s handling of the Afghanistan war. He has confirmed that Obama has no idea of the purposes for which he, as commander-in-chief, has continued to send American troops to risk and sacrifice.

That leaves us with the awful truth that those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice have done so

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MIDEAST: McCain wrong about abandoning Iraq

So now al-Qaida has taken over a hunk of Iraq – further proof that our meddling in the Middle East is the biggest mistake we ever made.

Despite all the American blood and money that was poured into Iraq and all the American money poured into Halliburton by Cheney/Bush, Iraq is still not a miniature U.S. Go figure. Nor Afghanistan. Nor will Iran ever be.

These people have been the way they are for centuries, a lot longer than we have been the way we are. And we have actually been the “way we are” for only the last 100

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NEWS: The real world offers reason for hope

Whether we get our news from the newspaper or the TV, it’s hard to maintain our faith in America when all we hear and read are negative, self-serving pronouncements coming from the likes of Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, John Boehner, Marco Rubio and Lindsay Graham. It seems purveyors of gloom and doom are very much in fashion these days.

And, yet, when we look at the real world, there is reason for hope.

The market is up about 20 percent for the year, job numbers are encouraging, real estate is recovering, universal health care is going through its birthing pains,

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MILITARY: Our wars haven’t made us safer

Re: “Ford-class ships boost ability” (TNT, 11-10).

Mackenzie Eaglen says we need a fleet of new “Ford-class” super aircraft carriers at about $14 billion apiece. Writing as a veteran on Veterans Day, I ask why must we have the wars she apparently anticipates?

When, since World War II, has war ever made us more prosperous or secure? Vietnam was a flat-out loss despite thousands of dead and wounded on both sides and thousands of Vietnamese still suffering from our use of poison gas – which is what Agent Orange is.

Far from making us any safer, hatreds generated by

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MILITARY: Easy to advocate for commanders’ ‘accountability’

Re: “Force protection Job One in Afghanistan” (editorial, 10-2).

From the safety of an editor’s desk – unencumbered by any actual responsibility for the matters on which the writer opines – it is easy to advocate for the humiliating end of the careers of two capable general officers in the name of “accountability.”

The headline demonstrates an astonishing lack of understanding of the demands placed on our commanders in Afghanistan. Every military professional knows that mission accomplishment is “Job One,” and mission accomplishment in a combat environment means that there are going to be casualties.

As our troop strength

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TERRORISM: Stop intervening in the Islamic world

When it comes to the so-called war on terror, we’ve all been told by our government that these terrorists “hate our freedom,” and we must fight them tooth and nail to save our way of life. The way we do that is to launch military campaigns against places like Afghanistan and Iraq.

What have we gotten out of the wars there? We’ve spent a ton of money and have a debt approaching $17 trillion to show for it. We have thousands of dead and wounded young Americans to show for it, and, through our interventions, we’ve generated enough hatred in

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SYRIA: No easy fix, but debate is welcome

After weeks of scanning the opinions given on your editorial page, from the rational (Eugene Robinson, David Brooks and Paul Krugman) to the intractable (Charles Krauthammer), it’s pretty clear no one has a solution to the bloody disaster in Syria.

One thing is clear, though: The American people were burnt twice in that part of the world (Iraq and Afghanistan), and we want no more of it.

So I applaud Congress and the Obama administration for encouraging a protracted debate on the subject – words are cheap – and hope they find a non-military solution – war is costly.


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MILITARY: We need to stop trying to police the world

At present more than 150,00 American troops are serving outside of our country. Where and why deserve some answers.

In addition to the endless war in Afghanistan, where 63,000 of our troops are trying to help people, many if not most of whom hate our very guts, another 100,00 of our finest are deployed all over the world.

If I remember correctly, World War II ended nearly 70 years ago in 1945, so why are 52,000 U.S. troops still in Japan, 45,000 in Germany, 10,000 in Italy, 10,000 in the U.K. and another 50,000 or so scattered around the world?

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