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June 18, 2003 | Michael Slackman, Times Staff Writer
After all that has happened in Iraq -- the bombing, the fall of the government, the disruption of services, the looting, the crime and foreign troops in the streets -- the latest affront to many Iraqis is one sentence in one document. All citizens who work for the government are required to sign a document that states, "I will obey the laws of Iraq and all proclamations, orders and instructions of the Coalition Provisional Authority."
May 19, 2004
In "Bush Points Out Lesson in Prisoner Abuse Scandal" (May 15), President Bush is quoted as saying, "In Iraq, the cruelty of a few has brought discredit to their uniform and embarrassment to our country. The consequences of their failures of character reach well beyond the walls of a prison." I would like to suggest that in failing to reprimand Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld for the abuse scandal, in forging an ill-planned war on false pretenses, in stubbornly "staying the course" in this disastrous effort to bring democracy to Iraq, Bush has failed to learn his own lesson.
July 22, 1992
In response to "This Leak Needs to Be Plugged," editorial, July 3: I am appalled and disheartened by this editorial. Once again, the U.S. is criticizing King Hussein of Jordan for his neutral stance during the Persian Gulf War. He did not approve of the invasion of Kuwait. He desperately worked for a peaceful, diplomatic solution while President Bush was busy calling President Saddam Hussein a Hitler in order to prepare the American psyche for war. I just returned from Iraq.
March 30, 2003
Re "Ladies' Tea Boils Over as Saudis Rail at U.S.," March 27: I'd say our embassy personnel put up a pretty lame defense against the Saudi women taking our country to task for seeking to oust the despot next door. Instead of saying "we came to the belief that this was something we needed to do," how about saying this: In 1991, Saddam Hussein brutally annexed Kuwait. If the U.S. hadn't spent its own blood to drive him out, your country would have been next. And if any of you had been lucky enough to escape, right now you would probably be living in asylum in America.
September 13, 2003
Re "Benign Autocracy Is Answer for Iraq," Opinion, Sept. 7: Ray Takeyh and Nikolas Gvosdev argue that democracy in Iraq would be dangerous for the U.S., which would be better served by an autocratic government. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is precisely the lack of democracy in the world that is responsible for terrorism, war and poverty. The weakness of the authors' arguments is highlighted by their point about the lack of opposition-party support for a nuclear freeze in Pakistan and Iran's nuclear ambitions, when it is the autocratic governments themselves that seek nuclear weapons.
February 10, 1992 | From Times Wire Services
White House Chief of Staff Samuel K. Skinner said Sunday the economic embargo of Iraq is weakening President Saddam Hussein's hold over his country and the Iraqi people will succeed in ousting their leader. But Skinner declined to say whether the United States would assist Iraqi citizens in an uprising or pursue military intervention to depose Hussein.
January 28, 2005 | From Associated Press
Iraqi expatriates began casting ballots today in Sydney, with about two dozen jostling to be among the earliest to vote in Iraq's first free election in more than 50 years. Amid tight security at a converted furniture warehouse, young children mingled with elderly Kurdish women wearing head-to-toe black robes. "This is a long dream that now comes true," said 56-year-old Karim Jari before casting his vote. "We hope this is a new beginning." The election is Sunday in Iraq.
July 21, 2005
Re "A Commander Caught in the Mire of Vietnam," Gen. William C. Westmoreland obituary, July 19 It's interesting that we criticize the generals but forget that they must do as their commander in chief orders. We have lost wars (or police actions) in Korea, Vietnam and Iraq because the generals did not run the war, the president and his team did. We are losing the present war in Iraq, or at least extending it tremendously, because President Bush and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld are running the war. Westmoreland dedicated himself to the service of this country.
April 5, 1992
Arquilla can very easily come to his conclusions regarding the regime of Saddam Hussein and the Bush Administration because obviously he is living free, safe, and secure here in the United States. His family, especially children and the elderly, are not slowly dying from the effects of malnutrition. They were not subjected to the most massive bombing raids in all of history and they are not forced to live under the effects of an embargo; an embargo by the way which is not causing Saddam or his cronies any hardship.
March 4, 2002
Re "Let's Roll Against Saddam Hussein," Commentary, Feb. 28: I absolutely disagree with David McCormick's views about "removing" Saddam Hussein. We have no moral authority to attack another sovereign nation no matter under what pretext. Iraq has not invaded or attacked another country as it did before the Persian Gulf War. As per the suffering of the Iraqi people, we should take a lion's share of the responsibility; the crippling embargo on Iraq during last the 11 years has been imposed at our bidding.
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