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Letters to the Editor

Stupid move

March 28, 2011

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To the editor:

The last war the United States “won,” was the Second World War, resulting in over 400,000 American combat casualties. America has not won a war since, in the last 65 years, yet we have suffered almost 129,000 combat deaths by inserting ourselves into the civil wars of other countries such as Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan and now, we are on the verge of sticking our noses into Libya’s affairs.

Libya is the same country whose citizens cheered wildly in the streets when the mastermind of the Lockerbie bombing, Megrahi, responsible for the 270 fatalities of Pan Am Flight 103 was released from prison in Britain on Aug. 20, 2009, and traveled by chartered jet to Libya the same day.

Today, American pilots are involved in protecting these same people by enforcing a “no-fly” zone and have already lost one aircraft! Does anyone remember Congress declaring war? Did anyone hear the president declare war? Oh, my bad, he was sightseeing down in South America doing photo ops with the “fam.” So, how does America suddenly end up in the shooting war in Libya? What the hell is going on! Or do we, the American people, have no right to know? Is this somehow beyond our pay grade? Is this how democracy in America is supposed to work?

What are we thinking? The last thing America needs is another war of choice, since the last two haven’t worked, yet here we go again, doing stupid!

Comments

Les Blevins 3 years, 8 months ago

VCU IS NOT BETTER! KU's excellent basketball team is NOT TO BLAME for this recent loss. Blame should go to the Lawrence Journal World for jinxing the game by dedicating such a totally ridiculous amount of the newspaper to coverage of KU sports. In Switching the A and the B sections of the paper and filling a "NEWS" paper up with “SPORTS” coverage is what undermined the players mindset and this led to KU's loss just as surely as this great NATION'S current downfall stems from the ILL ADVISED POLICY of attempting to control the internal affairs of several other nations. KEEP OUT OF LIBYA. LET THE EUROPEANS DEAL WITH KADDAFFI AS THEY SEE FIT. FOCUS ON THE FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE FOR GOD’S SAKE. WE THE PEOPLE ARE IN NEED OF THE JOBS. DROP THE ECONOMY SAPPING MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX WHILE WE STILL HAVE A CHANCE TO REGAIN OUR DOMESTIC ECONOMY. The three letters to the editor in today’s paper point out common sense issues where we are going in the wrong direction. READ THEM.

notajayhawk 3 years, 8 months ago

Trying to challenge merrill for today's spam title, Les?

Fred Mertz 3 years, 8 months ago

Remember as a kid, the one kid that always was recruited to do the dirty work or the stupid things? Well that kid is America. We do Europe's and the Arab nation's bidding at our expense, - human, financial and political.

We think we are noble and right and the world laughs at us or wants to kill us because of our meddling.

I agree with the LTE writer 100%

sallyone 3 years, 8 months ago

Yes! the U.S. needs to stay out of the middle east for good, let them kill each other off, since that's what they seem to want to do.

pizzapete 3 years, 8 months ago

I guess it depends on what you mean by "won". I thought we wanted to bring democracy to the Middle East?

Abdu Omar 3 years, 8 months ago

I agree Pizza, we want the world to see how demcracy works and I applaud the people of Libya, Syria, Bahrain, Yemen, Egypt and Tunisia for finally seeing that the people shouild rule and the little help the US has given them is warranted and needed. I hope they all succeed. The world is jealous of the US because we are organized by law, enforce that law and eschew corruption. Unless you have been in the Middle East and South America you haven't seen corruption on a grand scale. Let's keep our distance in Libya but help them get a foot hold so they can be successful. I think it was wrong to bomb Iraq and start the war there, but Afghanistan was ripe for some change.

grammaddy 3 years, 8 months ago

‎"A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

JHOK32 3 years, 8 months ago

Amen grammaddy. Technically I think the Gulf 1 war was a "success", although the entire world knows we only fought that war, along with invading Iraq, for oil. Too bad 4000 kids had to pay for that oil with their lives & thousands more paid with their limbs.

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