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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.
December 2, 1997 |
Even as U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan recommended Monday increasing the $2 billion worth of oil Iraq is allowed to sell every six months under an "oil-for-food" program, scores of Iraqis, angry at cuts in food rations, stoned U.N. officials who monitor the arrival of supplies, a United Nations official said. Spokesman Eric Falt said a rock smashed the window of a U.N. vehicle, but no one was hurt.
May 24, 2004
The sordid rise and fall of Iraqi National Congress head Ahmad Chalabi ("From Ally to Outcast," May 21) is one of the most telling indictments of U.S. malfeasance in Iraq. Chalabi's exploits in Iraq have long been championed by Vice President Dick Cheney, who staunchly defended his now-discredited report of Iraqi possession of weapons of mass destruction. The fact that Chalabi, a convicted criminal with nary a shred of credibility among the Iraqi people, could pose as a serious contender to lead the transition government, funnel specious intelligence to the Bush administration and command a $340,000-per-month stipend for doing so further exposes the war as a mere pretext for corporate welfare.
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.
February 10, 1992 |
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 |
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.
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.
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.
March 20, 2004
Excerpts from President Bush's remarks Friday: Good morning and thanks for coming.... We are representing 84 countries united against a common danger and joined in a common purpose. We are the nations that have recognized the threat of terrorism, and we are the nations that will defeat that threat.... * There is a dividing line in our world, not between nations, and not between religions or cultures, but a dividing line separating two visions of justice and the value of life....