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Tag: Iraq war


WAR: Hindsight wasn’t needed even back then

Re: “War in Iraq a mistake, say 2016 hopefuls” (TNT, 5-18).

The article reminded me that after the invasion of Iraq, anti-war protesters were labeled as anti-troops.

I was against the war but actually pro-troops. In fact, I felt the reason I was against the war was because of my support for the troops. I was sickened by the daily body count on the nightly news in a political induced war we could not win.

It did not take hindsight or political expedience to figure that out.


LIBERALS: At least we don’t live in Wackobirdia

Re: “Liberals: How about an apology for failures?” (letter, 5-6).

This letter was beyond the pale; it’s openly racist. Every city the writer mentions as being run by liberals has a large black population except one: Tacoma, which of course is led by a liberal, part-black mayor.

Apologize? You mean, like conservatives who apologized for the Iraq war? Apologize? Like the writer should for this racist letter?

He should show us liberals how, since we don’t live in Wackobirdia, and our responses are muted by the complexities of the world.


DEMOCRATS: Try research before writing rebuttals

Re: “GOP: The party that gave us war and recession” (letter, 3-25).

The letter writer might want to check his history book before presenting several false or misleading bullet points.

• He told us the 9/11 attack was on President Bush’s watch. True. The Bush administration didn’t connect the dots and neither did the Clinton administration. Al-Qaida planned the 9/11 attack over several years, not just during the eight months Bush was in office. President Bush took full responsibility for the attack. He is a leader, not a slick politician.

• The Great Recession started on Bush’s watch. True. But it was

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SENATORS: Who really represents the voters?

Is it just me or does it seem like we have one U.S. senator who reflects the views of her constituents and another who bought a Senate seat and consistently votes for business interests?

Patty Murray is in the news again, fighting for women’s reproductive rights and veterans care. She produced a bipartisan budget bill with Republican Paul Ryan.

Republican-masquerading as-a-Democratic Maria Cantwell, on the other hand, has made a name for herself as one who bucks the party line, which in itself isn’t a bad thing. The problem is that when she votes her conscience there are times

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IRAQ: Obama’s retreat has been a disaster

Do the Democrats really want to relitigate the Iraq war? Dick Cheney served this country honorably and was a key adviser to President George W. Bush. Bush made the decision to go to war, not Cheney. The decision was supported by numerous Democrats, including Sens Hillary Clinton and John Kerry.

There is an abundance of evidence that Saddam Hussein had ties to many Islamic terrorist groups including al-Qaida and that he supported global terrorism. The Bush administration feared he might share weapons of mass destruction with one of these groups that could then launch attacks against the U.S. A 2008

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IRAQ: Let’s not forget, this is Cheney’s handiwork

In 1994, former Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney vigorously defended the 1991 decision of the elder Bush not to invade Baghdad and take out Saddam Hussein, rightly claiming that doing so would disastrously destabilize the region and “if we broke it, we would own it.”

Much later, something changed his mind. Was it becoming the CEO of Halliburton, which has made untold billions on the ensuing war and stands to continue making billions more? As chief counsel and vice president to a man utterly inexperienced regarding foreign policy, he carried unprecedented influence in the crucial period between 9/11 and the

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MILITARY: Might hasn’t brought us peace

Re: “Obama’s cuts weaken defense” (letter, 3-6).

The writer calls for “peace through strength.” Does he mean peace like Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan? Since when has our military strength, almost as great as the rest of the world’s combined, brought us peace? Since World War II it hasn’t brought us victory either unless you want to count Grenada.

Maybe we should try new tactics, like not dropping drones on innocents and not supporting dictators and rebels seeking to overthrow democracies. Our children aren’t likely to thank us for our wars since we’re leaving it to them to pay for

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MANNING: He exposed crime against humanity

The reason why the U.S. government wants to put Bradley Manning away for as much as 136 years is not because he committed a crime, but because he exposed one.

The crime he exposed was the imperial invasion and occupation of Iraq, a war that we started, a war that was nondefensive, since Iraq had nothing to do with the terrorist attacks of 9/11, a war of aggression against a sovereign nation that killed tens of thousands more innocent civilians in the Middle East than terrorists ever killed here.

According to our own military tribunal at Nuremberg in 1947, “To

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