Letters To The Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

August 15, 2006

Partisan Democrats blame America first

The Sun's editorial "'Back on alert" (Aug. 11) betrays the ever-apparent Democratic Party blinders of The Sun.

But what The Sun describes as the "passion and purple purpose" of the president's rhetoric, whose tone the editors called "all wrong," sounded to me like the same steadfast purpose and determination he has demonstrated since Sept. 11, 2001 - exactly what this nation needs from its leader in a time of war.

And The Sun's editorial conveniently overlooked the duck-and-weave rhetoric we have heard from the opposition party, the would-be leaders of Congress who have their fingers ever testing the winds of polls and focus groups.

For instance, House Speaker-wannabe Rep. Nancy Pelosi says the president hasn't done enough to protect homeland security. Yet she has consistently fought against the Patriot Act and has supported attacks on the National Security Agency's wiretaps, which may prevent another massacre of innocents.

Just as they blamed America first for the Cold War, many Democrats now blame America and the West for defending itself against jihadist insanity.

And these are people who aspire to lead the nation.

The Sun's editorial also seems to blame the West for the acts of terrorism by Muslim extremists, citing their alienation and resentment in the West.

Democrats and their mouthpieces in the left-wing media need to awaken to the fact that we are in the midst of a world war between free people and an evil ideology that has hijacked the Muslim religion and twisted it into an evil gambit for world domination.

Democrats seem to have made a calculation that dividing the nation on this war will somehow restore them to political power.

But by becoming apologists for Islamic fascists they have made a pact with the devil that they will regret.

Peter Johnson

Annapolis

Rhetoric reiterates Bush war on reality

The Sun's article "Arrests may boost GOP, analysts say" (Aug. 11) reflected the spin that characterizes the Bush administration's war on reality.

On Thursday, President Bush said that "it is a mistake to believe there is no threat to the United States of America."

While there may be two or three people in the United States who believe that terrorists are not planning another attack, these simplistic sound bites, which are supposed to show that Democrats are "soft on terror," are an insult to our public discourse.

Insulting as well are assertions that the president and his party, who took their eyes off pursuit of Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan to pursue a disastrously mistaken war in Iraq, are somehow stronger because of an alleged terrorist plot uncovered by the British.

This president has been the single most effective recruiting tool that terrorists could have ever asked for.

And our ruinous war in Iraq has diverted attention from the real threat, making our country weaker and more hated than at any time in history.

Tim Eastman

Baltimore

Does anyone still object to wiretaps?

Earlier this year, there was a lot of grousing and protesting over revelations about the government's eavesdropping on international telephone calls.

I wonder if people still want to complain about such surveillance in view of the British success in nipping in the bud the alleged plot to bomb planes en route to America ("Suspects had been watched for months," Aug. 11)?

Richard L. Lelonek

Baltimore

War on Iraq gives al-Qaida time to plot

Perhaps if President Bush had been more interested in finding the head of al-Qaida, Osama bin Laden, after the Sept. 11 attacks, instead of in wasting our soldiers' lives and our money by invading Iraq, this terror plot would have never developed at all ("`Real deal' foiled," Aug. 11).

Don Selig

Baltimore

Why has bin Laden eluded our grasp?

The No. 1 one question Americans should be asking themselves after the disruption of an alleged terrorist plot to blow up airliners bound for America is, "Where's Osama" ("`Real deal' foiled," Aug. 11)?

Three years after President Bush stopped focusing on the war in Afghanistan to pursue a war of choice in Iraq because of his obsession with Saddam Hussein, America remains very much at risk from terror attacks.

And it's not just from the general threat of terror attacks. We are at risk of attacks from the very person who was behind the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

By not doing whatever it took to hunt him down and bring him to justice, the Bush administration emboldened both Osama bin Laden and his copycats around the world.

They have shown Islamic terrorists that it is possible to poke a finger in the eye of the world's greatest superpower and live to tell the tale.

Yet President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney are still portraying those who disagree with their policy in Iraq as soft on national security and pro-terrorist.

This president has failed the American people like no other in our history.

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