July 8, 2008: Our readers write

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By The Staff

Fireworks on hold

A couple of months ago, I wrote a letter on the Republican party being the party of the gullible and confused. Thanks to the writer of the recent letter for proving my point.

Scaring us into voting for Sen. John McCain is ridiculous. The Iraq war has nothing to do with Sept. 11. President Bush even stated one of his toughest jobs was making people understand the connection between 9/11 and the Iraq war. It would have to be tough since there is no connection. Afghanistan is where we should have concentrated more effort to eradicate the Islamic terrorists who attacked America. For a president who wanted Osama bin Laden, dead or alive, it would seem he should have looked into the country he is in vice the country that he isn’t. The past two months have brought more fatalities in Afghanistan than Iraq. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs wants to send more troops to Afghanistan, but must wait until a drawdown in Iraq. 

The Iraq war is weakening our economy. We are borrowing money from China to fund it. This weakens the dollar and oil is traded in dollars.

I love the United States and cannot think of any other place I would rather live. In the military I did everything from testing urine to working for the Director of Intelligence in Europe while there was a USSR — a problem solved through diplomacy, not war. I served on ships off Beirut in 1984 and during the 1990 Gulf War. I would gladly do it all again for the U.S.

I won’t tell anyone to read the liberal blogs out there. Read newspapers. This country gave me a free education that taught me to read. You would be surprised by facts you miss by just getting your current events from TV. Newspapers allow you to use your common sense and facts to make your decision.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Independence Day, but I will be saving my fireworks for Jan. 20, 2009 when the worst president in 232 years is gone. 

Eric S. Parrish


Not on Obama’s bandwagon

In his last letter, there were things which Mr. Larry Vaughn convinced me of. He may have little or no knowledge of how supply and demand works. If he does know how it works, he is in denial as to how liberal Democrats under a cloak of ecology have hindered the increased production of oil in this country as well as how Barack Obama helped create the oil price problem with his voting record. 

Mr. Obama wants to bring the troops home; as do most sane Americans, but under circumstances unsuitable for our troops to remain an effective deterrent against future enemies. He has no concept of the dignity, honor and enthusiasm which troops must have to executed their duties under adverse conditions. Leaving a job unfinished always means that we will have to go back and finish it later. In my opinion, “Iraqi Freedom” is merely a continuation of “Desert Storm” because the U.N. would not let us go to Baghdad in 1991. I was there.

I want a president to say the following things to the U.N. Security Council.

Since the Korean War, the United States and the United Kingdom have been the only competent combatants in sufficient numbers in support of United Nations ground combat operations. These two nations consequently suffered the most casualties in support of U.N. resolutions. The United States is particularly weary of being taken for granted in these combat roles and not being appreciated for either the sacrifices of our sons and daughters or massive amounts of aid which we frequently furnished during emergencies. We have reached a point of diminishing returns and I intend to return to Washington to urge legislators to contemplate withdrawal from the U.N.

Anyone who knows anything about the U.N. also knows that it will dry up and blow away without our support. However, our troops will continue to be subject to half-hearted U.N. resolutions until we get out of the U.N. and simply establish separate treaties with countries who have compatible interests. We shouldn’t be part of a paper tiger. U.N. inefficiency is a cancer and we must cut ourselves free. Countries needing aid should consult Christian churches and deal with the consequential spiritual accountability that comes with that aid instead of just asking for someone to throw money at them.

Harry M. Braxton Jr.