April 3, 2008 |
Seeking to convince voters that she can end the Iraq war, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has touted her role in the congressional effort to force President Bush to bring the troops home. "I've been working day in and day out in the Senate to provide leadership to end this war," Clinton recently told an audience at George Washington University, contrasting her experience with that of rival Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois.
December 15, 2007
Re "Congress is in a tug of war over Iraq funding, domestic spending," Dec. 11 The Democrats don't understand a simple principle: If you're going to face down a bully, you have to be prepared to get hurt. After several times threatening to cut off funding for the Iraq war, the Democrats have repeatedly announced their plan of retreat, backing down as if insufficiently committed to asserting their congressional role in controlling the funding for war.
September 13, 2007 |
Gayle Moore, an Iowa nurse, wants U.S. troops "out, out, out" of Iraq as soon as possible. Darleen McCarthy of South Carolina fears that Iraq is turning into "another Vietnam." But when these two Democrats vote in January to help decide their party's 2008 presidential nominee, neither plans to support the self-styled antiwar candidates. Instead, they are siding with the one top contender who voted to authorize the invasion and has refused to apologize for that -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.
September 9, 2007
Re "War and the Constitution," Opinion, Sept. 3 Mario M. Cuomo asks, "How did we get to this point and what, if anything, can we do now?" but completely ignores the origins of our involvement in Iraq. He rants about President Bush's disregard of Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, and that this war is completely created and controlled solely by him. Cuomo forgets that Congress authorized the president to go to war with the Iraq war resolution.
September 6, 2007 |
Thirty-two years after the fall of Saigon, the war against communism rages on in Orange County's Little Saigon, the largest concentration of Vietnamese exiles in the world. Years ago, being called a communist there could get you killed -- between 1987 and 1990, a right-wing death squad claimed responsibility for the murders of five Vietnamese American journalists, including Tap Van Pham, editor of the Westminster-based weekly Mai.
August 20, 2007 |
It may be possible to forgive a president for failing to understand the present or to foresee the future, but it is harder to forgive a total lack of interest in the past. The Bush administration has displayed a peculiar disinterest in previous Republican presidencies, from which there is much to be learned. The president's own father set a good example of knowing when to stop, as when he took the wise step of not advancing to Baghdad. Ronald Reagan proved the immense power of soaring rhetoric.
July 20, 2007
Re "Bush gets a breather on war debate," July 19 It is not surprising that only four GOP senators voted for setting a timeline to withdraw combat troops from Iraq. But I can confidently predict that, in six months or less, more than enough Republicans will change their votes. Little will have changed on the ground in Iraq. The needless slaughter will continue.
May 30, 2007
Re "Bush's draft dodge," Opinion, May 26 The all-volunteer Army may have been formed in part to prevent adventuresome presidents from fighting unpopular wars, but the main reason for its existence is much more important: The all-volunteer Army exists so that people like Vice President Dick Cheney and President Bush do not have to waste their otherwise valuable time dodging the draft or pulling strings to get into the National Guard. F.E. RUST Simi Valley The quickest way to end the Iraq war to is reestablish the draft.
May 28, 2007 |
Frank Buckles, frail but sharp, surrounds himself with totems from another time and distant lands. A china cabinet is filled with military patches, an old wireless telegraph and other knick-knacks he collected while stationed in England, France and Germany. One wall holds a sepia-toned photograph of Buckles as a fresh-faced soldier of 16 posing with the rest of his grim-looking Army unit.
February 11, 2007 |
Sen. Barack Obama formally launched his bid for president Saturday, his eyes on history and feet rooted in the frigid Midwest as he pledged a new generation of leadership to end the war in Iraq and banish "the smallness of our politics."