Re "Bush Vows to 'Finish the Task' to Honor Fallen," Aug. 23
President Bush's assertion that Iraqi women will have strong rights is about as reassuring as his "mission accomplished" speech. How can this administration convince anyone that it is bringing about democracy in Iraq when it has trampled democracy here at home with its lies meant to build a fast case for war?
Bush also denied democracy when he chose war without a United Nations mandate, without a majority. So, what right do we have to bring democracy to Iraq?
Re "Political Leaders' Silence on Iraq War Is a Dereliction of Duty," column, Aug. 22
Here's how to restart the debate in Washington on the war: Introduce legislation to reinstate the draft. Exempt no one under the maximum enlistment age of 35. Doing so will accomplish two goals: It will meet the military's need for troop strength, and everyone who avoids talking or thinking about the war will focus on it as they consider the friends and family who become vulnerable to military service and all the hazards it entails.
As more of our troops die fighting in an ill-conceived cause in Iraq, it is beginning to seem that caskets and flags have become the symbols of the Bush administration's exit policy. How sad and pitifully stupid we have become.
Re "Army Fights to Sell Itself to the Parents of America," Aug. 22
Instead of spending $200 million on advertising to "sell the nation on the benefits of military service," it would be more appropriate to spend this money on better equipment for the military personnel serving in Iraq.