April 8, 2013
In his recent letter ("Obama's decision to leave Iraq led to catastrophe," April 5), Quinton D. Thompson writes that he "knew that one day havoc would break out in the wake of President Obama's irresponsible decision to abandon Iraq. " Later on, he writes, "Unfortunately, a man-made bolt of lightning struck in Iraq on Dec. 31, 2011, when President Obama withdrew our troops - a selfish, egotistical maneuver on his part to please the folks back home in order to enhance his re-election chances in 2012.
April 5, 2013
As I read your recent article "Iran reaps gains of war in Iraq" (April 1), my mind swiftly swept back to Oct. 22, 2011, when The Sun published another report under the headline "Obama: Troops out of Iraq by Dec. 31. " I still have my copy of that edition because I knew that one day havoc would break out in the wake of President Obama's irresponsible decision to abandon Iraq. Unfortunately, we lack the fortitude to take corrective action to rectify what obviously was a horrendous mistake.
April 3, 2013
Being a Naval Reserve Officer veteran with eight years of active duty - five during WWII and three more in the Korean Conflict - - it was with a sad and heavy heart that I read a recent article in a local newspaper concerning the unrest and upheavals continuing in Iraq after the U.S. won the Iraqi War several years ago. As was published in an editorial in this local paper, "Fresh start in Iraq," Dec. 27, 2010, "If Iraq is to become the peaceful...
April 1, 2013
Is the Iraq war to blame for the mess we are in? Now, I should qualify that question by explaining "mess" and "we. " By "mess," I mean the dawn of Barack Obama's second term, the predictably catastrophic rollout of Obamacare, the exploding debt and deficit, the stimulus boondoggles, etc. By "we," I mean conservatives (particularly those, like me, who supported the war), but also anyone else who doesn't think President Obama has done a bang-up job. There seems to be a growing consensus that the answer to that question is "yes.
March 24, 2013
It is great that the General Assembly has devised a program to spend $1 billion to rebuild the Baltimore City schools as related in your editorial ("Building for the future," March 20). Fifteen percent of Americans are on food stamps, which costs about $70 billion annually. Yet in the last 10 years, we spent over $700 billion for the Iraq war. In other words, we spent enough on fighting in Iraq to rebuild the schools of 700 cities throughout the United States or finance our food stamp program for 10 years.
March 22, 2013
The 10th anniversary of the American invasion of Iraq seems an appropriate time to look back at how it all happened and what it has wrought, not so much for Iraq as for the United States, which poured its own troops, treasure and world reputation into that colossal misadventure. American combat forces have finally been withdrawn, but with a continuing U.S. hand-holding of a propped-up and shaky regime in Baghdad. Saddam Hussein is dead, but outbursts of deadly violence continue as the war in Afghanistan, from which the Iraq invasion was a costly diversion, drags on. Was it worth it?