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'Prudent Yet Restrained'

October 30, 1987

The President's monkey business in the Persian Gulf offers a perfect opportunity for the Soviet Union to bleed the United States white by supplying Soviet weapons to Iran. Our forces on the far side of the planet are operating in the rattrap gulf with a strait only 12 miles wide on the southern doorstep of the USSR.

All this for the benefit of a despotic Saudi king and a dozen equally despotic Arab sheiks, who won't grant the U.S. land bases for its aircraft and ships. And we are starting a war with Iran when Iran's enemy, Iraq, was responsible for the deaths of 38 American sailors.

It doesn't compute.

GARTH SANDERS SR.

Redding

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