Letters to the Editor

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Tag: Iraq war

July
16th

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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June
30th

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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June
13th

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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March
7th

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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Aug.
1st

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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May
29th

BENGHAZI: Finding truth about attack does matter

Re: “Republicans show hypocrisy on Benghazi” (letter, 5-24).

This letter writer and other liberals have repeatedly claimed that the Iraq War was based on lies. This claim is simply not true. There was never any evidence to support these allegations directly other than people saying it. President Bush didn’t lie to the American people.

The writer asks, “Where were these so-called patriots when 4,000 Americans died in Iraq?” Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and true patriots were honoring them for making the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Where was she? Down at the Port of Tacoma participating in an

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March
20th

IRAQ: The truth was out there 10 years ago

It has now been 10 years since the U.S. invaded Iraq, and there has been a lot of coverage in the media second-guessing how the Bush administration could have been so wrong.

At the time, I was participating on a chat site for military brats and became a news junkie. I was simply reading news, not watching partisan TV or reading opinion blogs. My favorite site was Knight-Ridder, and there were real journalists reporting on the buildup to the war.

These journalists have since received accolades for not acting as White House stenographers, which was what the majority of

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June
11th

MEDIA: A viable press essential to democracy

Leonard Downie’s essay, “40 Years after Watergate” (TNT, 6-10) was spot on in calling for the need for more investigative journalism. Without reputable sources given the proper resources to investigate our government’s role and conduct, especially its cozy relationship with corporations and the military industrial complex, our American democracy is at stake.

There is a role for the press in our democratic process to watchdog those in power and call out abuses like Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein did during the Watergate investigation. If enterprising journalists and news sources pursued today’s events with the same vigor, perhaps we would

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