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September 20, 2008

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To the editor:

I take exception to some of the commentary by Dolph Simons Jr. in the Sept. 13 edition. He wonders how many Americans realize how fortunate we are that the last seven years have brought no more attacks. My sense of good fortune gives way to wondering how many of us realize that in a very real way we have been under attack every day since Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney decided to invade and occupy Iraq.

Beyond the death and destruction of 9/11, Osama bin Laden must have hoped that the U.S. would be goaded into a response that was not in her self-interest. As the roll of U.S. dead and maimed grows longer, as billions of dollars are added to our already crushing debt, as the numbers of Iraqi casualties mount amid their ruined cities, I conclude that bin Laden succeeds in attacking us still.

Mr. Simons says that a constant theme of the Democratic campaign is that John McCain represents a continuation of Bush's policies. This theme is justified if for no other reason than McCain has said that he would have invaded Iraq even if there had been no evidence of mass destruction weapons. McCain's judgment is suspect, and somebody needs to point that out - the opposition party, the media, ordinary citizens, somebody.

Michael McDonald,
Lawrence

Comments

geekin_topekan 6 years, 3 months ago

And bailing out big banking CEOs with three trillion tax dollars(some paid by said Muslims andgaspIllegal aliens)is not socialist re-distribution of wealth?

Brent Garner 6 years, 3 months ago

Such a myopic view. Get this, you bush-hating leftists! The Muslims could't care less who is president in the US and what the US does. Their ultimate objective is to force Islam on everyone on this planet. They use our own laws to accomplish this purpose. In Europe they have successfully gotten Sharia courts recognized as legitimate--this specifically in parts of the UK. Thow fuel on the fire? Hardly. This fire has been burning for decades if not centuries. Even your hated Bush fails to realize the seriousness and the extent of the problem. To put a very politically incorrect point on this, as far as Islam and its followers are concerned it is either them or us. Only one can exist when it is all said and done. So decide. Do you want to be paying tax as a dhimni and be a second class citizen in an Islam dominated world or do you value your freedoms and liberities? Sorry to say, but this is a war, and a war to the death--theirs or ours.

rtwngr 6 years, 3 months ago

Well, let's talk about crushing debt for a minute, shall we? Exactly what do you think will happen to our economy if things like universal healthcare, free college tuition, and the rest of the list of social programs the Dems have on their plate need to be paid for? If you think that socialistic redistribution of wealth as Barack Hussein Obama has in mind will fix the economic ills of this country then I suggest you look at the failed socialist/communist states of the eastern block countries. Furthermore, The Dems had the White House for 8 years from 1992 to 2000. We were attacked repeatedly by terrorist organizations and the Clinton administration did nothing. Nothing! Sometimes the price of freedom and security in our country is going to another country and engaging an enemy. The price of our freedom has always, I repeat, always been the blood of our brave men and women who stand up to tyrrany and say NO!

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 6 years, 3 months ago

Brent: "... my-myopic view..."( Sorry, Brent, I stuttered a bit when quoting your post. ) Brent: "Get this, you bush-hating leftists! Actually, I'm rather fond of shrubs. Now, thistles, on the other hand...."And regarding Bush, it is not hatred which is evoked. Contempt, maybe. Brent: "The Muslims could't care less who is president in the US and what the US does. Their ultimate objective is to force Islam on everyone on this planet...."Got a reading on the pulse of the Islamic world, do you, Brent?Maybe you should check your own.And that projection problem, regarding that "ultimate objective" of yours.... Brent: "Even your hated Bush fails to realize the seriousness and the extent of the problem."Oh, every time I read a post such as yours, I have an increased appreciation of the "seriousness and extent of the problem"... and, BTW, maybe I meant to say, "beneath contempt," above.Regarding that two-dimensional hate/worship perspective of yours-endpoints of that uniquely conservative fear continuum-many of us have central nervous systems which afford a broader range of human emotion and insight. Brent: "To put a very politically incorrect point on this, as far as Islam and its followers are concerned it is either them or us. Only one can exist when it is all said and done. So decide."It's a tough decision, but I think we-truly faithful, patriotic Americans, devoted Islamists, and all the other caring and insightful people of the world-are just going to have to let you go. ( Key word, above: incorrect. ) Brent: "Do you want to be paying tax as a dhimni and be a second class citizen in an Islam dominated world or do you value your freedoms and liberities? Sorry to say, but this is a war, and a war to the death-theirs or ours."Well, not that I give any credence your hallucinated worst-case scenario, but your rantings certainly do evoke an image of an ignorance-and-fear dominated world, devoid of freedom and liberty.Your war is private; you've already lost.

christy kennedy 6 years, 3 months ago

That is absolutely right. Short-sighted U.S. foreign policy during the last eight years has come straight from the Throw Fuel on the Fire school of thought and those who don't recognize the damage done are fools.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 3 months ago

The larger question being how in the world did these well known terrorists get by the vast array of intelligence sources at the disposal of the White House National Security team?Most people would have lost their jobs after such a grand display of screwing up on the job. That followed by the worststrategic blunder in USA history as one general describes the Iraq war.Yes the republicans made history twice and both times were a result of serious incompetence or not giving a damn. Most all involved in these decisions have been long time republican party members so what the hell were they doing not only on 9/11/01 but prior to 9/11/01?What happened to the jet fighter scrambles that day? On a policy of zero tolerance in that particular no fly zone? No doubt the pilots were on the job..... so who delayed their activity?

Terry Jacobsen 6 years, 3 months ago

I'm grateful that I have lived the last eight years basically not fearing that 9-11 would happen again. I've never doubted for a second that George Bush would protect our country first and foremost. It's easy to sit in the cheap seats and snipe. It's a whole different thing to be the guy who has to say yes or no, and understand that your decisions mean life and death for our young men and women who choose to serve in the military.

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