Email letters, January 24, 2014
Nation’s war began more than two decades ago
In a recent issue of the Weekly Standard, Frederick Kagan writes that former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates declares in his book, “Duty,” that we (this nation) are at war, a war that began at least 21 years ago with the first bombing of the World Trade Center in New York City.
President Barack Obama and many of our representatives in Washington do not acknowledge that fact. Our president seems to believe that bad guys can be turned into good guys through negotiations. So far, that policy has caused us nothing but grief. We have lost some of our best “friends” in the Mideast due to vacillations by our current administration.
War continued with attacks on our embassies in Kenya and Tanzania during 1998 and on the USS Cole in 2000. The exclamation point that drew our full attention was 9/11. Only then, under the decisive leadership of President George W. Bush, was real action taken. Recently, the attack on our embassy in Benghazi must lead to the conclusion that the war continues.
No end is in sight for the end of the war that could make the 100 Years War of medieval history seem like a piece of cake. Since religious fanatics fire it, the only hope for ending the war is by a revelation from above telling Muslims that killing of nonbelievers of their religion is unacceptable. (Don’t bet on that happening). It appears we are locked into never-ending war funded by Mideast energy resources with plenty of young Muslims being born every day to supply cannon fodder.
To counter this, our leader in Washington proposes cutting defense budgets and more negotiations.
Sens. Bennet, Udall urged to invest in domestic needs
I’m glad to see our elected leaders in Washington have approved a plan to allow the federal government to spend money through 2014. I was particularly pleased to see that Congress has restored some money for Head Start and other investments in the health of our communities and has refused to give the Pentagon all the money it requested.
Congress now has an opportunity to use the regular legislative process enshrined in our Constitution to debate and pass a budget that reflects the moral priorities of our nation. Although the U.S. military engagement in Afghanistan is winding down, our country is still spending almost as much on war as we spent at the height of the Cold War or Vietnam.
I hope Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet will work in the next two years to support further cuts in the Pentagon budget and additional investments to meet the needs of our struggling communities at home
Sentinel gives a pass to scofflaw president
I read the editorial on Jan. 23 with some amusement. The actions of the secretary of the Interior did not surprise me in the least. She is only mirroring those of her boss and others in his administration.
Interesting how this specific issue made your front page. Unlawful and dishonest acts by President Barack Obama, some of which you did allude to in your editorial, have mostly received a pass from your newspaper or get a middle-of-the-paper cursory note.
This administration talks about transparency and openness when its actions have been just the opposite. Maybe I could take The Daily Sentinel’s protests more seriously if there were a history of reporting the news rather than picking and choosing what to print.
Citizens need to see the whole story, and that is the Sentinel’s job. To report — not just editorialize when your journalistic rights are threatened.