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Leader needed

October 2, 2006

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To the editor:

Recently, former Secretary of State Colin Powell spoke out regarding our lessening position in the world as a moral leader.

Do we now have the national statesman this country needs to unify it? But who is next to speak up?

Sadly, there appears no one from Kansas to join the lead in ending our country's unjustified destruction of Iraq. Not Sen. Pat Roberts, former journalist and supposed protector of truth, now more interested in redacting facts from government documents about the build-up to the war in Iraq on behalf of the Bush administration. Regrettably, not Sen. Sam Brownback, a devout Catholic, who's expressed justifiable outrage about genocide in Darfur but has been unsatisfyingly quiet about our occupation of Iraq. Both Pope John Paul II and Benedict XVI have spoken out against the pointlessness of the war in Iraq; we hope Sen. Brownback listens soon to the counsel of his spiritual leaders on this issue. Finally, not Rep. Jim Ryun, a good and moral man, who's fought tirelessly for the rights of unborn children. But where's his voice regarding the thousands of innocent men, women and children who've been killed in Iraq due to our presence there?

Pre-emptive attack on Iraq, smart bombs that kill innocents, false imprisonment, secret torture locations, massive cover-ups and disinformation.

Had enough?

Alan Hickey,

Lawrence

Comments

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years ago

Sadly, it won't come from Rep. Moore, either, who just voted to pass the general retroactive pardon for the entire BushCo cabal for all its war crimes and acts of torture, and strip all Americans of their right of habeas corpus.

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Richard Heckler 8 years ago

Lack of leadership is subject to other impacts:

Switzerland, Finland and Sweden are the world's most competitive economies according to The Global Competitiveness Report 2006-2007, released by the World Economic Forum on 26 September 2006. Denmark, Singapore, the United States, Japan, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom complete the top ten list, but the United States shows the most pronounced drop, falling from first to sixth.

http://www.weforum.org/en/initiatives/gcp/Global%20Competitiveness%20Report/index.htm

More undesirable impacts:

Some adults in five European nations express reservations about the role of the United States in world affairs, according to a poll by Harris Interactive published in the Financial Times. 30 per cent of respondents believe the U.S. is the greatest threat to global stability.

Iran is second on the list with 23 per cent, followed by China with 15 per cent, Iraq with 14 per cent, North Korea with eight per cent, and Russia with two per cent.

In Spain, 44 per cent of respondents place the U.S. as the main perceived threat. 36 per cent of respondents in Britain-and 28 per cent of respondents in France-feel the same way.

In Italy, Iran was the first country on the list with 31 per cent. The U.S. and Iran are tied with 24 per cent in Germany's sample.

http://www.perspectives.com/forums/view_topic.php?id=115064&forum_id=71

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Speakout 8 years ago

We all have watched with indifference as BushCo reduced our rights and freedoms. The fact that Colin Powell speaks out is really a good thing. We need to reflect upon our deeds and see what is and what isn't. The Spin Meisters in our media and government are ruining this free institution, that is for sure. Tell me the facts and ONLY THE FACTS.

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rwales 8 years ago

Mr Hickey I disagree with your statement about us be the cause of the deaths in Iraq. This is a Sunni and ( the LJW won't let me write the other name) problem and they would be fighting even if we were not there unless there is another dictator who would use force to restrict them as Saddam did. I do agree with you as to the leadership of this country there is not one person unless maybe Powell who I would give any trust to from either party. Thanks Merrill for your facts and supporting web sites it's nice to read commits by someone who backs up what they say instead of making it up from their own imagination.

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