Archive for Friday, December 23, 2005

Not listening

December 23, 2005


To the editor:

When will we start listening to our president? Following Sept. 11, 2001, we were told Iraq harbored al-Qaida. We were told Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. We were told we would be welcomed as liberators in Iraq. We were told the insurgency was waning. We were told we needed to fight the terrorists in Iraq so we would not have to fight them at home. We were told we do not torture detainees. We were told Karl Rove had "absolutely nothing to do" with the CIA leak. We were told "Mission Accomplished."

Then we learned there was no connection between Iraq and al-Qaida. Then we learned Saddam had no weapons of mass destruction. Then we learned we were not welcomed as liberators. Then we learned the insurgency was growing in strength. Then we learned that, although we were not attacked at home, our only major ally had been attacked. Then we learned we tortured detainees. Then we learned Rove did have something to do with the CIA leak. Then we learned we must stay in Iraq until the mission is completed.

Our president has been wrong so many times on issues of national security, it is impossible to believe many Americans continue to listen to him, and it has become dangerous to continue to believe in him. If we do not listen, certainly nobody around the world will listen. We will start listening when we find someone worth listening to.

Matt Lehrman,



Richard Heckler 9 years, 11 months ago

I do agree with Matt. Pres. Bush is not a good president. Also Dick Cheney is not a good vice president. Beware Lynn Cheney is writing history books for children and she has never heard her husband or Pres. Bush imply that Iraq was connected to 9/11.

mefirst 9 years, 11 months ago

75x55, Please, please, please, do your own homework for once. Fox News and Limbaugh and the rest of the right wing pundits are actually spouting this crap despite the fact that the President himself has already stated the exact same findings as this letter to the editor says. None of this is controversial, and you would know this if you actually read the president's quotes. READ something. Take my situation. I'm a hard core progressive, but do you think I would even imagine listening to Air America radio? No, because it is run by Democrats who have little interest in the pure truth, so it's mostly just spin. Sure, both Fox News and Air America get SOME things right, but they pick and choose what fits their perspective and leave it there. I would never listen to them for information because I know how to read, and if you do, then you should do the same. Turn off your TV and radio and find the actual primary source for yourself!

Richard Heckler 9 years, 11 months ago


Statements made on your site were very old and could not be used as a reason to invade. This president dropped the ball which is why 9/11 happened. 4 large aircraft flying off course simultaneously and no interceptors because of a stand down order. How many can authorize a stand down order?we know the president can...

This president and a huge majority of republicans need to be replaced. Constantly voting party line does not represent democracy.

parodog 9 years, 11 months ago

Matt .. All I see from your comments are talking points from anothers mouth. Might I suggest you drop the left wing thinking and try a breath of fresh air...try thinking for yourself,,, You are worth more than drinking coolaid because someone said to drink it... Research your facts... Do not rely on media bias to take a stand against something you know little about,,, I have faith in you... Research man and don't stop .. Our nation has been plagued by the media..The media is not your friend.. The media is an organism which feeds off of the stream of crap it feeds to people like you ... Become strong and fight back ...

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