Letters to the Editor

Letters from Sept. 15, 2007

Politics

Ill comments are poisoning public discourse

Remembering 9/11 is an important day for Americans. When we were attacked we came together as a nation. We honored our dead and prayed for their families. We celebrated and mourned our first responders for their bravery and sacrifices.

Recent political-based comments regarding our commander in Iraq, General Petraeus, such as calling him a liar and betraying our nation poisons our public discourse. Those who would use political expediency to damage his military reputation shows a disregard for the majority of Americans and those soldiers who serve under him.

General Petraeus has had a long distin-guished military career serving other presidents. For instance, he was the Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations of the NATO Stabilization Force and the Deputy Commander of the US Joint Interagency Counter-Terrorism Task Force-Bosnia.

Neither political party questioned his honesty when he was serving under another administration's policy.

Most Americans want this war to end, our men and women out of harm's way. But most of us are left out of the conversation when it resorts to this level. It’s time we and our political representatives stand up to the type of discourse that hamper our ability to have a civil public dialogue.

MICK SHELDON

Kingston

Iraq war

We shouldn’t try to problem-solve

Saddam Hussein was the glue that held Iraq together. Bush removed that glue. And now Iraq is falling apart.

Congressman Jay Inslee said, “No matter how effective our military is, it cannot solve the political problems in Iraq. The destiny of Iraq cannot be decided by American soldiers.”

Anyone who disagrees with Inslee is either stupid or George Bush.

It doesn’t matter if we send a hundred million troops into Iraq. At the end of the day, when the dust settles, after we have left, it will be up to the Iraqi people to decide if they want a bloodbath or peace.

Thank God we have at least one congressperson with a brain.

J MICHAEL SONDHEIMER

Bremerton

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