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Bush and Economy

November 11, 1990

When Paul Craig Roberts bashes President Bush for his "belligerency in the Middle East which has more than doubled oil prices," he goes much too far ("Bush Steering Economy Into a Black Hole," Column Right, Commentary, Oct. 28). Oil prices jumped immediately after Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, even before American troops were sent to the Mideast, and if Saddam Hussein had grabbed Saudi Arabia, oil prices could have gone through the roof.

Roberts sounds frustrated; he lashes out at Bush, the Democrats, the Federal Reserve, the Clean Air Act and an economist named Larry Summers, who took a $185,000-a-year position at the World Bank.

I'm a Democrat and not inclined to support Bush, but I do feel sorry for the poor guy, stuck with right-wing "friends" like Roberts.

KIT STOLZ

Los Angeles

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