Letters to the Editor

Letter: Even-handed?

June 21, 2014


To the editor:

On June 14, the headline on the Saturday Column was “Declining Iraq situation reflects poorly on Obama.” The opening line of the column asks, “Who calls the shots, and how are major decisions made in Washington?”A reasonable question that raises another.

During the years 2003-09, did you write a similar column with a similar headline about the decisions made by Bush and Cheney that led to the deaths of 4,000 American troops (and 100,000-plus Iraqi citizens)?

Doesn’t responsible journalism demand this kind of fact-based, even-handed approach to issues that affect all Americans


Brock Masters 3 years, 10 months ago

While you're right, the blame Bush excuse for Obama's failures is tired.

Let me be fair and balanced.

Bush, during his presidency, owned his successes and failures. His failures far exceeded any of his successes. Overall, he was a failure and caused great harm to this country.

Obama during his presidency owns his successes and his failures. His failures far exceed any of his successes. Overall, he is a failure that has caused great harm to his country.

Both have lied and both have trampled on the Constitution. However, as great as their failures are, the greatest failure belongs to the American people for allowing our so-called leaders to do this to us and to turn us against one another.

We are a divided country, divided along the lines of wealth, race and parties. Each side believes they are Nobel and good and the other side is evil. The truth is each party is the same as the other. Bush did great wrongs but Obama continues those wrongs.

We the people need to stop attacking each other and start demanding that those politicians who are supposed to represent us do so.

Seth Peterson 3 years, 10 months ago

"Bush, during his presidency, owned his successes and failures."


Richard Heckler 3 years, 10 months ago

There were more 6000 soldiers dead when Bush/Cheney left plus tens of thousands of disabled veterans in addition to the enormous number of dead native children,mom's and dad's.

Brock Masters 3 years, 10 months ago

Doesn't matter how bad Bush was, it doesn't excuse Obama for letting four die, or lying to the American people, or using government agencies to target political enemies, or failing to enforce laws.

You can argue who was the worst president, but you can't absolve Obama of his harm to this country.

The sooner we start holding each president accountable, even when they are of our party, the sooner we can right this country.

James Howlette 3 years, 10 months ago

Sure, it doesn't excuse those things. The fact that he didn't actually do those things doesn't seem to bother you, so yes, Fox News Obama is a terrible man. We're all agreed.

Scott Burkhart 3 years, 10 months ago

And that makes everything Obama does alright with you?

Scott Burkhart 3 years, 10 months ago

I was asked by a friend one time, "Do you think the left will continue to blame Bush for their failures even into his second term, if he's reelected?" It appears the short answer is yes.

Kevin Elliott 3 years, 10 months ago

You totally missed the point.

It is a question of honesty in applying morals and values.

The question is why the ljw does notdid not have the same moral outrage for the Bush failures as they do for the Obama failures. Why is the current mess ONLY Obamas fault?

The answer is clear and simple. The Simons have zero morals, zero values. If "their side" did it is fine, if the opposition did it, it is an unforgivable crime. That is basing your opinion on sides, not facts, morals or values, and that is highly dishonest and and lacks integrity.

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