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November 5, 1992
We have followed your coverage with horror. As to the public not caring, how could we not care when our President for years cavalierly courts a despotic ruler and then suddenly turns on him, killing and injuring thousands of innocent people in the process? I suppose it should be no surprise that an Administration which cares nothing for our own children should have such disdain for the lives of distant people. Individually, most of us would not commit murder; yet we stand by silently while our President does it in our name.
September 9, 2003
In his national address on Sunday evening, President Bush made references to "Sept. 11," "Afghanistan" and "terror" and linked these events to Iraq. He is implying that Iraq was somehow connected to the events of 9/11 and the subsequent U.S. response against Al Qaeda and other militant Islamic fundamentalists. The president's argument is incorrect. Saddam Hussein's regime had no link to Al Qaeda and had no role in 9/11. Iraq did not pose an imminent threat to the U.S., as evidenced by the fact that no weapons of mass destruction have been found or are likely to be found.
January 15, 2007
Re "Bush makes it clear," Opinion, Jan. 11 Jonah Goldberg, like many of those still supporting the fiasco in Iraq, blames Democrats for not providing an alternative solution. The basic flaw in his logic is that he fails to recognize that the whole fiasco was created by the lies and miscalculations of the Bush/Cheney/Rove administration, partly to make George W. Bush a "wartime president" who would be immune to the normal scrutiny of a patriotic and supportive electorate. It worked.
April 17, 2004
Re "A Long Look at Response to Brief," April 12: It is ironic that President Bush saw nothing in the Aug. 6, 2001, presidential daily brief that was actionable. The document was simply a historical account of intentions and not a warning, he insisted recently. Yet this same president found sufficient reason in a crudely forged document warning about uranium transfers from Niger to Saddam Hussein's government and in false information about stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction offered by a source connected to Iraqi exile leader Ahmad Chalabi to unleash a preemptive war on Iraq.
April 20, 2008
Bush's war in Iraq will eventually cost $3 trillion. That works out to about $15,000 a person, and that's how much money I could be getting as a gift from the Internal Revenue Service, instead of $600, if we pulled the plug on the war. ("Retailers hope for share of rebates," April 14.) Matthew Okada Pasadena
December 29, 2012 |
George W. Bush's war on terror produced two scandalous revelations. One was that the administration was using torture (a.k.a. “enhanced interrogation techniques”) to obtain information from suspected terrorists. That scandal continues to resonate in the debate over the movie “Zero Dark Thirty” and its supposed endorsement of the efficacy of torture in the search for Osama bin Laden. The other scandal began with the revelation by the New York Times that after 9/11, the Bush administration monitored the international phone calls and emails of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people within the United States without a court order.