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Nonsense on Bushes and war

March 25, 2007

Re "We fight, Jenna writes," Opinion, March 19

I can't believe The Times published this Kitty Kelley diatribe. Aside from the valid issue of government support for military veterans, comparing Iraq or Afghanistan with World War II is ridiculous. No Hollywood stars have enlisted recently. Kelley doesn't mention that. Prince Harry will be extremely well-guarded by his own men if or when he goes to Iraq. Kelley's doesn't mention that. She fails to mention that Chelsea Clinton was not sent to the Balkans. Why on earth did you publish Kelley's nonsense?

WAYNE COREY

Laguna Niguel

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I'm delighted that Kelley has reminded us of the enormous gap between the words and deeds of the Bush family. It must be fairly easy from the comfort of the president's office to order troops into battle. But to have one's own family, especially nuclear family, in the harm's way of war must be quite different. The harm's way must shift thinking from abstract numbers to blood and guts. President Bush has sanitized his family -- and to a large part the country -- from the blood and guts and sacrifices. I think he should send his daughters into the war zone, and he should try to raise everyone's taxes (well, every well-off person) so that we feel a tiny bit of the pain and horror of this flawed war.

WILLIAM HANNA

College Park, Md.

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Kelley should go to Iraq and soldier for a few months. See how smug she is when she comes home.

PENNY DOWNS

La Crescenta

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