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Second-Guessing in Waco Tragedy

May 07, 1993

On the front page of the April 25 Opinion Section is a depiction of Janet Reno with a map of Texas stapled to her chest. Susan Estrich in her commentary states that Reno made an error in judgment by listening to her advisers. Unfortunately David Koresh, who might or might not have given her the real story about what he would do, was not one of them. Rather than making an error in judgment, Reno took a calculated risk based on the best information available and made a decision.

My questions to Estrich are: What decisions would you have made, given the circumstances? And how would you have proposed to save those unfortunate children? Second-guessing is easy but making decisions isn't. Reno should have the media stapled to her chest.

RICHARD L. SAR

Irvine

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