Letters to the Editor

Action lauded

August 8, 2007


To the editor:

Thank God one of our congresspersons has stood up vocally and, in action, demonstrated her opposition to the Iraq war. When Nancy Boyda briefly walked out of that hearing she was representing me and the majority of the people of the 2nd District that are being fed false information by our political and military leaders. The fact that the general at the hearing stated that the conditions in Iraq were safe and acceptable was just too much to bear.

We need to hear and see such actions from all our elected leadership. Staying in this insane war will end in our great nation losing its political, moral and economic leadership in our world. I celebrate Congresswoman Boyda's stepping out. She has already give the 2nd District more bold leadership than we've had in the previous 12 years.

Kirby Hayes,

Baldwin City


Tychoman 10 years, 9 months ago

Glock just because you oppose the campaign doesn't mean you should vote away the supplies our men need to stay safe and do their job.

chet_larock 10 years, 9 months ago

Boyda wants a realistic assessment, not just a rosy picture because the powers that be think that we don't hear enough good news.

crono 10 years, 9 months ago

Too bad Nancy Boyda has a pretty rotten track record re: opposing the Iraq War.

Richard Heckler 10 years, 9 months ago

Nancy Boyda is doing a decent job and makes herself available to all including those who show to protest. Good job on the walk out!

Meanwhile for not being stupid GW Bush is a really dumb president. For instance why did he in the first place think a GW Bush president could force or talk the Iraq people into giving up THEIR oil to Bush/Cheney war profiteers.

Yep things are wonderful in Iraq as of August 7th:

Iraq's Government Faces Political Paralysis The Iraqi government is facing a political crisis after five more cabinet members announced they will start boycotting government meetings. Of Iraq's thirty-eight ministers, seventeen have now either left the government or suspended their participation in it. Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki's government no longer has any members affiliated with Sunni political factions. This is seen as a deep blow to attempts to craft reconciliation among the country's majority Shiites and minority Sunnis and Kurds. According to the McClatchy newspapers, Iraq's government is now paralyzed because Maliki is unable to convene a quorum of the council of ministers to approve legislation or take other actions. Joost Hiltermann of the International Crisis Group said the Iraqi government cannot survive all these defections. Hiltermann said, "The Shiites and the Kurds don't want to cede power to people they don't trust. But if they don't, there won't be reconciliation. Then all we can look forward to is civil war."

Poll: 63% of Iraqis Oppose Privatizing Nation's Oil Resources A new public opinion poll, has found that a majority of Iraqis oppose plans to open the country's oilfields to foreign investment. 63% of respondents said they would prefer Iraq's oil to be developed and produced by Iraqi public sector companies rather than foreign multinationals. The US government has been pressing Baghdad to pass an oil law by September but most Iraqis say they do not feel adequately informed about the law. Meanwhile UPI is reporting a top member of the Iraqi prime minister's party says the new oil law should be delayed until U.S. occupation forces leave Iraq. Ali al-Adeeb said the Iraq National Oil Company should take the lead in developing and managing Iraq's discovered but undeveloped oil.

Con't: http://antiwar.com/ http://nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

Sigmund 10 years, 9 months ago

A Congresswomen acting like a spoilt teenager when she isn't getting her way. VERY professional, great job Nancy. Could you storm out of more sessions instead of standing your ground, even if I disagree with your military experience and judgment. You might consider questioning the witness on those items you have doubts about, you know, doing your job.

How much do we pay her for this kind of hysterical antics?

Richard Heckler 10 years, 9 months ago

Why does Jim Ryun want to go back on the payroll of big government? Is his current big government retirement plan paid by taxpayers simply not enough? I guess no one wants him as a special interest board member....oh yeah he is currently receiving special interest dollars so why become a special interest board member.

chet_larock 10 years, 9 months ago

"I think Mr. Hayes, a Boyda campaign volunteer in 2006, has mischaracterized General Keane's testimony"

So what if he was a Boyda volunteer? It's a LTE. Anyone with any point of view can submit a LTE. Certainly, parts of his testimony suggested that conditions in Iraq were safe and acceptable.

The problem is that the administration and proponents of the war want to hear this news in a vacuum and it is certainly the exception, not the rule. The conditions that he speaks of are possible because of our soldiers' sacrifice, and that sacrifice cannot be sustained indefinitely. There is no conspiracy to keep good news from being reported. The fact that any time something good can be reported, it's touted as "success", and that is being disingenous at best. The security situation is improving slightly thanks to the US military's efforts, but without the subsequent gains in the political process, it will be in vain. I like to hear good news, but for me it is bittersweet because I know we don't have the ability/manpower to reinforce the conditions that make it possible to keep that good news coming, and that the Iraqis are not doing nearly enough to capitalize on any short-term improvements in security. Folks, our hearts tell us we still have a shot at turning this debacle around. That is because if we use our heads we know that the alternative is ugly for us, and uglier for the citizens of Iraq. If we use our heads we also know that without the Iraqis holding up their end of this, we will soon have no option but to redeploy because our military is not unbreakable.

chet_larock 10 years, 9 months ago

"The point is that this appears to be damage control by the Boyda campaign. I wouldn't be surprised if the Boyda campaign urged its supporters to write LTEs to defend the indefensible"

Congratulations on your tin hat, "manslagt".

"Most of our soldiers and Marines would vehemently disagree with that statement"

Adm. Michael G. Mullen, President Bush's nominee to head the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate panel yesterday that the war in Iraq is taking a heavy toll on the U.S. military, warning that American forces are "not unbreakable" and stressing the need to "plan for an eventual drawdown" of troops.

"Is 'he' back already?"

My thoughts precisely, defender.

chet_larock 10 years, 9 months ago

"No, the Boyda campaign would never encourage its supporters to write letters to the editor."

And you're fielding a wild guess about this letter being damage control by the Boyda campaign.

"BTW, Mullen is neither a soldier nor a Marine."

So he has no idea what he's talking about then? Okay, "manslagt".

My reference to hearts and heads pertains here. Even if every soldier in the military was willing to stay as long as it took to stabilize Iraq (heart), the fact remains that our military is strained and will reach a breaking point (head). You are not paying attention if you believe otherwise.

jasonc_22 10 years, 9 months ago

ok...listen to the military...make sure you don't dare say they are spining information.

Oh, wait....don't listen to THAT Adm....Generals are better.

that's crazy talk....

Richard Heckler 10 years, 9 months ago

Iraq is nothing more or less than a war profiteers tax dollar money hole as they try to steal oil from the Iraq people. Meanwhile Saudi Arabia funds weapons to its' insurgent faction of choice.

Godot 10 years, 9 months ago

Protesting by walking out is what people who have no power do. Boyda just does not get it. She does not have the temperament to be a leader, she is stuck in drama queen/victim mode.

Sigmund 10 years, 9 months ago

I have always been impressed when hormonal or menstrual females leave in a huff. It's quite the histrionic.display and is applauded by dozens of Nancy's most ardent supporters.

The reason the Democrats are so desperate for Bush to surrender in Iraq, because if they win the White House in 08 and we aren't out by then the Democrats will have to declare the defeat, not something any politician of any stripe wants to do. The reason Nancy pulled out of the hearing is she wasn't hearing what she wanted to hear, the surge is working. Civilian and US deaths declined dramatically since the surge. http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2007-07-27-troops-deaths_N.htm

Hillary, who is slightly more astute than Nancy, thinking the White House is hers to lose (she's right, it is) is already telling the liberal wacko's that a timetable for getting out of Iraq is a mistake, and was soundly rebuked by the far left. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/06/13/AR2006061301449.html http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/politics/2003822227_blog05.html

This is going to get interesting ....

Brian Conrad 10 years, 9 months ago

Boyda is #1 politician all she is out for is limelight for re-election . was not going to vote next election with all the idiots . will make sure now just to vote her fence jumping rear OUT!

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