To the editor:
President Bush and his Republican Congress started an unwinnable war based on false statements. Now America is trapped in a continuing nonending Muslim religious war costing billions of dollars a month, 3,000 American lives and more than 20,000 kids severely wounded.
The midterm elections sent a strong message that Americans have had enough of Iraq. A bipartisan study group gave the president a list of what is wrong with his war and suggestions to resolve them. Senior military commanders said it is useless to send in more troops.
Bush has summarily dismissed all these efforts at resolution, rather indicating he is planning to send in a "surge" of 20,000 additional troops to Baghdad.
It becomes more evident daily that the president has no plans to end the war, and worse, no plans to win it. The only thing he offers is simplistic platitudes and cliches like, "We'll succeed unless we quit," "Complete the mission" and "We must not waver." The president is acting like a petulant child who is going to do exactly what he wants, no matter what others think, just because he can.
This is not presidential, nor does it serve the American people that Bush allegedly represents. He places his own selfish, stubborn unrealistic, personal "vision" first, above national interests, priorities and will of the American people. How long can America tolerate or afford Bush's aberrant behavior? How many more Americans and Iraqis will die solely for President Bush's ego?
Curtis D. Bennett,