This week, we received many letters on Iraq and the WMD issue.
'Democrat' is a misleading name
Promoting democracy had been the foreign policy focus of Democratic presidents Wilson, Roosevelt, Truman and Kennedy. Recall Kennedy's eloquent promise that America would "pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty"? Contrast that with current party rhetoric, which defends dictators and terrorists, and condemns our pre-emptive liberation of oppressed people, while slandering the president who is fulfilling JFK's promise.
Today's Democrats apparently don't like democracy. In the words of their puerile attack-weasel surrogate, moveon.org, this party's name is "misleading." Since the democratization of the Middle East equates to security at home, thank God for the leadership of President Bush.
Mike Emerine, Springfield Township
Bush was acting on best information available at time
I have seen President Bush called a liar for his Iraq war justification. These are likely the same people who believe him to be dumb.
President Clinton thought there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, as did the CIA, a unanimous United Nations Security Council, and the intelligence operatives of Britain, France, Germany and Russia. Even Hans Blix thought it was worth continuing to look for these weapons. For Bush to be a liar, he would have to know that weapons of mass destruction did not exist in Iraq, while saying that they did. He would, therefore, have to be smarter than all those mentioned above.
To his detractors I would ask: Which is it, liar and the smartest person on Earth, or did he act on the best information available, only to be second-guessed by his detractors?
Mel Barbera, Liberty Township
Intelligence failure started at the top
Is there intelligence failure regarding Iraq? You bet. The Bush administration never thought through the consequences of the war - replacing a horrible dictator (not a threat beyond Iraq's borders), with uncontainable chaos, and a breeding ground/rallying point for anti-American rage.
By Election Day 2004, nearly 1,000 of our finest young men and women will have died in Iraq. The capture of Saddam (and many of his cohorts) is not worth the loss of 1,000 of our brave children. Hundreds of billions of dollars will be spent on this Iraqi war - what about homeland security, new jobs at home, affordable college education, improving our schools, medical care for our citizens?
The lack of intelligence in Washington is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Rich Ellison, Anderson Township
Rewind to 1936, and think 'what if'
If George W. Bush had been president in 1936 and done the same thing to Hitler as he did to Saddam Hussein, would we have averted World War II? Maybe so.
William Holiday,Crestview Hills
People must demand more accountability
Where is the public clamor for an independent investigation into the false premises given for the invasion of Iraq? Where is the outcry concerning the Bush administration refusal to allow the 9-11 commission more time to finish its inquiry into governmental performance before 9-11? Where is the call for outside oversight into administration spending and possible sweetheart contracts in Iraq?
Accountability is the hallmark of a democratic system. We are talking about trust and matters of life and death. If we cannot get a full accounting on matters such as these, we are no longer a government of and by the people. We have become subjects, dictated to, and not listened to.
This is not the America I wore a uniform proudly to defend 50 years ago.
Gerald Kerns, Loveland
Bush must answer on intelligence issue
Syndicated columnist Zev Chafets relays to us that the CIA is to blame for the weapons of mass destruction misinformation, not President Bush ("Bush must fire chief of hapless CIA," Jan. 29).
It takes me back to 1973, when a pundit commenting on President Nixon's claim that he had no knowledge of the Watergate break-in said, "If Nixon knew about Watergate, why is he still president, and if he didn't know about Watergate, why is he still president?"
Fred Leeds, Lebanon
Financial, security losses could get ugly
I think President Bush has gone out of control. He is spending money that my generation and probably my children's generation cannot pay off. He has designated us as the "United Nations of America" and has taken over the duties and fiscal responsibility of the real United Nations; our money is paying for it.
We should never have entered Iraq on our own. We should have been part of a U.N. force. He has pumped $87 billion into the farce, and says he wants another $40 billion. When will it end?
He is spending considerable funds on Homeland Security to control the Arab aliens from entering and terrorizing our country. That's fine and necessary. But he has opened the door on the Mexican border and wants to subsidize illegal aliens with our money. Heaven help us if the terrorists conscript the South Americans to do their dirty work. We'd be in a heap of trouble.
Jim Keim, Springfield Township
Give 9-11 inquiry all the time it needs
It would be impossible to overstate the impact the events of Sept. 11 have had on our country and the world. We, therefore, find it inconceivable that Congress or the White House would resist the request from the independent 9-11 commission for more time to complete their work. The commission must be given all the time, resources and cooperation it needs to provide us a thorough accounting of the events and circumstances surrounding the devastating attack on our country. Anything less is unacceptable.
Curt and Deborah Tweddell, Lakeside Park
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