August 17, 2012
Finally, someone who sees things clearly! Cal Thomas hit the nail on the head by asking "why would you think you would be better off in four years [under Obama] when you're worse off today than you were four years ago?" ("A winning pick," Aug. 15). I was happy to see a change four years ago, hoping that a new administration was the answer to some of our many problems. But I haven't seen any movement in the right direction. Can we seriously blame the Bush administration forever? A change every four years sends a serious message: Get it cleaned up during your first term and we will happily vote you in for a second.
June 25, 2012
I disagree with the conclusion drawn of your editorial about the Justice Department's Operation Fast and Furious ("Faster and more furiously," June 22). While it's not as pressing an issue as the economy, the Fast and Furious scandal is important, and it's important that the American people get some answers. Contrary to the way it was portrayed in your editorial, Fast and Furious was very different from the program the Bush administration ran. Under the Bush administration, the guns were tracked.
June 17, 2011
Reviewing the multibillion-dollar U.S. aid program in Afghanistan two years ago, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton pronounced it a "heartbreaking" failure and promised to make a successful aid program the centerpiece of a revamped strategy to defeat the Taliban. Recent U.S. government reports suggest that the Obama administration instead doubled down on a flawed strategy, pouring large sums into projects that have fueled corruption, distorted local economies and left Afghanistan with technology it won't be able to maintain after NATO forces leave.
November 11, 2010
Peggy Alley says President Obama should be impeached (Readers respond, Nov. 8). I remind Ms. Alley however, that all the conditions she mentions, including enforcement of immigration laws, existed, and in most cases were created, during the Bush administration. American citizens were losing jobs, having their homes foreclosed on and having to choose between food and prescriptions. Illegal immigrants were coming into the country in record numbers and sending their children to public schools.
April 23, 2010
Let's see: The Bush administration inherits a budget surplus, racks up record deficits, and more than doubles the national debt. No tea partiers. Through lax regulations, our economic house of cards comes tumbling down and Wall St., GM, and Chrysler are bailed out by the Bush administration. No tea partiers. President Obama enters office on Jan. 20, 2009. Within about a month we get the Tea Partiers. Perhaps Ron Smith is correct. Perhaps there is no racism involved. Perhaps it's only stupidity.
August 25, 2009
With the economy still sputtering, unfinished wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and health care reform under attack, it's little wonder President Barack Obama isn't eager for a distracting debate over the Bush administration's policy on torture to extract information from suspected terrorists. But a report released Monday revealing new details of the abuses carried out by the agency shows why Mr. Obama will have to tackle the subject. Indeed, within hours of the report's release, the Justice Department announced a criminal probe of alleged detainee abuses, and the White House said it will assume direct control of interrogations of terror suspects.