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April 15, 2009
Re "Journalism: Bail it out or write it off," Opinion, April 9 I was overcome with tears of joy after reading the first sentence of Rosa Brooks' article last week: "This will be my last column for the L.A. Times." After suffering through her sanctimonious rants for years -- in particular her inability to write a single column without bashing former President George W. Bush -- I felt a great weight rise from my shoulders. But then I read her second sentence: "After four years, I'll soon be starting a stint at the Pentagon as an advisor to the undersecretary of Defense for policy."
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OPINION
April 15, 2009
Re "Journalism: Bail it out or write it off," Opinion, April 9 I was overcome with tears of joy after reading the first sentence of Rosa Brooks' article last week: "This will be my last column for the L.A. Times." After suffering through her sanctimonious rants for years -- in particular her inability to write a single column without bashing former President George W. Bush -- I felt a great weight rise from my shoulders. But then I read her second sentence: "After four years, I'll soon be starting a stint at the Pentagon as an advisor to the undersecretary of Defense for policy."
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OPINION
April 3, 2006
After reading "Mommy wars -- a false battle" (Opinion, March 31), my only question for Rosa Brooks is why did she wait so long in her commentary to blame men for a battle fought by women? Brooks seems to be the kind of feminist who also blames men when the economy slows down, when the weather turns sour and when women wear high-heels. She needs to get out more, away from her feminist tomes and friends. JERRY A. BOGGS Livonia, Mich.
OPINION
March 9, 2009
Re "Bush's big lies," Opinion, March 5 Rosa Brooks just can't let up. She dusts off the so-called Big Lie theory to accuse former President Bush of everything short of the Black Dahlia murder. Federal appellate courts have upheld most of Bush's policies, including the holding without benefit of counsel of people captured beyond our borders while attempting to kill Americans or American allies. Brooks would prefer to see lawyers armed with affidavits crawling all over the mountains of Afghanistan or the deserts of Iraq searching for witnesses and clues.
OPINION
May 16, 2006
Rosa Brooks is right that discourse with Iran would be more productive than the shrug-off strategy of the Bush administration (Opinion, May 12). But the reality is that the administration wants to dictate to a sovereign nation that has not harmed the U.S. in any way what it can and cannot do. Bush wants to tell Iran that it can have no nuclear energy program, peaceful or otherwise. It's the negotiating position of a robber, who says, "Give me your wallet or I'll kill you." SHERMAN GALLAY Ava, N.Y.
OPINION
January 3, 2006
Re "Is Clinton's history in Bush's future?" Opinion, Dec. 30 Rosa Brooks and others have been suggesting a number of grounds on which President Bush might be impeached. But what none of them seem to be considering is that should Bush be removed, Vice President Dick Cheney would become president. Surely, they cannot be thinking this would be an improvement. LIZ TRABULSI Pittsfield, Mass. So let me get this straight: Bush lies and leads us to war, lies about the weapons of mass destruction, is able to act faster with disasters outside the U.S. but still can't get the Katrina fiasco settled, signs away public lands for oil drilling and mining, and illegally trounces the 4th Amendment by wiretapping.
OPINION
January 15, 2007
Re "Surge -- the 'decent interval' redux," Opinion, Jan. 12 Rosa Brooks sorely needs to take a course in logic. Her first assumption, based on no evidence other than her own opinion, is that President Bush is a liar. Therefore, because she believes Iraq can't be won, Bush must also think so, and even though he's not running for reelection as Richard Nixon was [during the Vietnam War], Bush is now taking steps to somehow help the GOP. I would recommend additional study for Brooks in history and military strategies and tactics.
OPINION
January 7, 2008
Re "A dynasty isn't a democracy," Opinion, Jan. 3 I'm glad someone else noticed this contradiction about democracy in Pakistan. The U.S. wants to promote democracy, so it picks a leader who engaged in money laundering and whose political party leadership is inherited by her family. I thought that in a democracy, the people, not outside countries, were supposed to pick their own leader, and the goal is to get rid of royalty and inherited titles. Thank you, Rosa Brooks, for questioning the political dynasties in our country, as well.
OPINION
September 13, 2006
Re "So you feel safer now?" Opinion, Sept. 8 Rosa Brooks accuses the Bush administration of aggravating terrorism by not paying attention to why terrorists hate us. It is Brooks who has not been paying attention to the words -- and deeds -- of Al Qaeda. Is Brooks aware of Muslim claims to "Andalusia" (Spain) or Indian-held Kashmir? Is she aware of our foes' desire to establish Sharia (Islamic law) everywhere in the world? How will understanding these claims and their underlying ideology eliminate or even lessen conflict in the world?
OPINION
May 27, 2008
Re "McCain: So wrong, so what?," Opinion, May 22 I disliked an earlier Op-Ed article by Rosa Brooks about Hillary Rodham Clinton because it focused on a perceived image of Clinton. But I'm in agreement with Brooks' observations about John McCain's popularity among voters. Many claim to be in favor of a well-thought-out and reasonable timetable for getting out of Iraq, but they nevertheless lean toward supporting McCain in spite of his well-documented stay-in-Iraq position. Apparently, a voter's choice of candidate rests significantly on image rather than substance.
OPINION
October 13, 2008
Re "Obama's, and our, iceberg," Opinion, Oct. 9 Rosa Brooks is a bit shaky when it comes to using the analogy of the Titanic for this troubled era. The Titanic story is about hubris, nobility of spirit and damage that could not be fixed. A "bailout" was useless, so most accepted their fate. The crew was mostly exemplary. Being seamen, they knew what the risks were when they signed on. As Americans living in a democracy, we are not like the passengers on the Titanic or any ship.
OPINION
September 30, 2008
Re "Keating Five ring a bell?" Opinion, Sept. 25 Rosa Brooks rings the bell as always. The top two campaign donation recipients from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac employees are Democrats Christopher Dodd, chairman of the Senate Banking Committee at $165,400, and Barack Obama at $126, 349. McCain received only $21, 550. In 2005, McCain tried to help push through the Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act, which was beaten down by the Democrats....
OPINION
September 22, 2008
Re "Who's a basket case now?" Opinion, Sept. 18 Rosa Brooks has ventured beyond hyperbole and into the realm of utter obtuseness, a place inhabited by angry and ill-informed partisans and whence few, if any, solutions ever come to the challenges facing this country. If this country is headed for Third World status, at least in the realm of erudition and political discourse, Brooks appears to be doing her very best to expedite the process. John Tkacik Washington -- I'd like to add that, out of all the turmoil and hardship caused by this economic meltdown, I hope the one benefit America will derive is the final debunking of Reaganomics.
OPINION
June 24, 2008
Re "McCain's terror errors," Opinion, June 19 Rosa Brooks can't recognize Barack Obama's "Sept. 10 mind-set" because she suffers from the same affliction. Obama, the Supreme Court and Brooks would discard a centuries-old tradition that allows enemy combatants to be detained without trial for the duration of hostilities. This is the real common-sense approach to terrorists -- keeping them off the battlefield so they can't kill any more of our citizens, at home or abroad. Brooks should have heeded her own advice: If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Brooks happily asserts that terrorists subjected to criminal trial are "dismissed by the world as megalomaniacal thugs -- not the kind of guys anyone would want to emulate."
OPINION
June 2, 2008
Re "Who's sexist now?", Opinion, May 29 Rosa Brooks' columns always make my blood boil -- especially this latest one, another sophomoric diatribe against Hillary Rodham Clinton. Brooks didn't have to offer Margaret Thatcher or Malika Aroud as evidence to back up her obvious claim that not all women are nurturing and gentle and that some may even be bellicose. One need only look at Brooks' penchant for unfair, small-minded and below-the-belt opinions to come to that same conclusion.
OPINION
May 27, 2008
Re "McCain: So wrong, so what?," Opinion, May 22 I disliked an earlier Op-Ed article by Rosa Brooks about Hillary Rodham Clinton because it focused on a perceived image of Clinton. But I'm in agreement with Brooks' observations about John McCain's popularity among voters. Many claim to be in favor of a well-thought-out and reasonable timetable for getting out of Iraq, but they nevertheless lean toward supporting McCain in spite of his well-documented stay-in-Iraq position. Apparently, a voter's choice of candidate rests significantly on image rather than substance.
OPINION
June 2, 2005
Re "Ticking Bombs and Slippery Slopes," Commentary, May 29: Rosa Brooks is right in pointing out that justifications for torture are at best convenient and at worst contrived. They are also dehumanizing, reducing prisoners to caricatures of evil. Nothing is so black and white, however. Many of those tortured undoubtedly have had no worthwhile information to share; some have been subsequently released without charges -- or apology. To those who say it's better to be safe than sorry, I'd ask: If it were your son, daughter, father or mother who was jailed without charges, counsel or family contact and who was then repeatedly stripped, degraded and threatened, would you still think we were protecting freedoms, or abusing them?
OPINION
September 30, 2008
Re "Keating Five ring a bell?" Opinion, Sept. 25 Rosa Brooks rings the bell as always. The top two campaign donation recipients from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac employees are Democrats Christopher Dodd, chairman of the Senate Banking Committee at $165,400, and Barack Obama at $126, 349. McCain received only $21, 550. In 2005, McCain tried to help push through the Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act, which was beaten down by the Democrats....
OPINION
May 22, 2008
Re "Please, 'go outside and play,' " Opinion, May 15 Rosa Brooks is right about parents and the media overestimating the "dangers" facing today's children. Thirty years ago, I opened the door and went outside and played. True, we lived in a fairly rural area. Still, I rode my bike three or four miles to the local village without a helmet. My sisters and our friends slid down the hill across the street on cardboard boxes and played tag on a street paved with loose gravel. For a while, we had a mean Shetland pony that threw me twice and bit my sister on the ear. We had a great time.
OPINION
March 17, 2008
Re "Why isn't Hillary outraged?" Opinion, March 13 Rosa Brooks' column is an expression of pure animus toward Hillary Rodham Clinton with no redeeming logic. No one has yet laid out a rational argument for saddling Clinton with "baggage" for her husband's peccadilloes, and this article does no more than darkly hint about how Bill Clinton will be spending his free time if his wife is elected. My question is: So what? If a political spouse stands by her alcoholic husband, she's a saint.
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