Letters To The Editor


November 16, 2005

Bush again exploits troops he's betrayed

Not long after the United States invaded Iraq, President Bush used our military as a backdrop when he donned an aviator's uniform and jumped aboard an aircraft carrier to proclaim our country's great victory in Iraq.

Since then, we have lost almost 2,000 Americans, and thousands and thousands of others have been maimed and crippled for life.

Now the president again shamelessly used our military as a stage for his own political purposes and sagging approval ratings. On Veterans Day, he made a speech at Tobyhanna Army Depot in Pennsylvania to attack those who criticize his mishandling of the Iraq war as unsupportive of our troops ("Bush hits back at war critics," Nov. 12).

The president should be reminded that it was his administration that had no decent entrance strategy in Iraq and no exit strategy, and that presented the information on which Congress made its decision to approve the war in Iraq.

Our brave young American military personnel have been truly dishonored by their commander in chief because, again, he has chosen to use them for his political agenda.

If President Bush truly supports our troops, he should bring them home.

Evelyn Burns


President's response shows amazing gall

The president calls the accusations that he deliberately misled this country into war as baseless ("Bush hits back at war critics," Nov. 12). What nerve his speechwriters have.

Far from being baseless, these accusations are solidly based on repeated historical and well-documented speeches and utterances by not only the president, but also the vice president, the secretary of state and many other high officials of his administration.

These accusations are well-founded. Yet Mr. Bush had the gall to say, "The stakes in the global war on terror are too high, and the national interest too important, for politicians to throw out false charges."

But this is the very thing Mr. Bush was guilty of when he led the country into this tragic and needless conflict.

He and his cabal of neoconservatives have finally - and very belatedly - been called to account. They should be made to pay the price.

The Democratic minority in Congress should be ashamed that it has waited so long to confront these terrible liars.

And though impeachment cannot be achieved because of the dominance of Republicans in Congress, the American people should throw these rascals out at the polls at the first possible chance - and, in the meantime, demand the immediate withdrawal of our troops from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Peter Stewart


It's the Democrats taking the swipes

I take a little offense at reporter Julie Hirschfeld Davis' front-page article about how President Bush is finally "hitting back at war critics" ("Bush hits back at war critics," Nov. 12).

The Democratic war critics were privy to the same intelligence information that President Bush and his Cabinet were looking at, and many Democrats decided to vote to go to war in Iraq.

Now the Democrats want to use the loss of human life in Iraq for their political reasons. I think that is disgusting.

I guess my real problem with Ms. Davis' article is her assertion in the first paragraph that President Bush took "a scathing swipe at his Democratic critics."

If there is anyone taking scathing swipes at anybody, it is the liberal wing of the Democratic Party taking shots against Mr. Bush.

Phil Bauer

Bel Air

History will uphold president's policies

I'm amused by the regular references to President Bush's low poll ratings ("Bush hits back at war critics," Nov. 12).

Great presidents have rarely been popular.

A president who does nothing controversial will have the highest ratings, while a strong one may need to drag the country in a proper direction.

I suspect that history may treat Mr. Bush more kindly.

Jeff Schumer


Alaska vote a win for GOP moderates

As a Republican voter and member of Republicans for Environmental Protection, I want to congratulate Reps. Wayne T. Gilchrest and Roscoe G. Bartlett for the critical role they played in forcing House leaders to drop a bad proposal to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling ("Bid to drill in Alaska refuge dropped," Nov. 10).

I know that they did not undertake to oppose the administration and the House leadership lightly.

This victory demonstrates that our party's conservation-minded lawmakers can make a real difference when they stand together and fight back against irresponsible legislation. And I'm counting on them to stay firm if the drilling proposal resurfaces later this fall.

The congressmen and their GOP colleagues showed real courage in standing up for their convictions, the party's conservation tradition and the wishes of their constituents.

Now let's move forward with a sensible energy strategy that will yield far more economic, security and clean energy benefits than drilling holes in our precious natural heritage ever could.

Anthony Cobb


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