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Support troops, bring them home

Posted: Monday, April 28, 2008

Since the recent letter of Jack Sherwood on April 23 so misrepresented the concept of "Support our troops, bring them home," it is necessary to correct some of his blunders.

First of all, our recent wars against Iraq and Afghanistan are for the most part wars of aggression and have nothing to do with freedom of U.S. citizens. The present administration has pushed this argument, along with fight them over there to keep from fighting them over here, but no amount of spinning the evidence can show that either country was a threat to us.

As Sherwood wrote in his letter, "have the common courtesy of supporting ... the freedom of Iraq," he has put his finger on what this war not about - the freedom of U.S. citizens.

While the initial entry into Afghanistan was billed as one of being after Osama bin Laden, it has since become mired down in something else.

The Iraq preemptive war was sold to Americans on a bunch of lies and probably can just boil down to "Gee Dub" being told by God to invade Iraq. Hardly a recipe for any kind of freedom for U.S. citizens.

And the protests have nothing to do with being against the troops, but are protests against Bush and the war party. In particular, the Iraq war was a strategic mistake of huge proportions and it has caused more than 4,000 deaths of U.S. troops, along with untold civilian Iraqi deaths.

He is correct about our military members joining for our freedoms. It just comes down to our preemptive wars of late having nothing to do with U. S. freedoms.

We have meddled in several wars since 1945, and we have not clearly won any of them and have lost some outright. We need to get out of the business of preemptive war, and we can start with "Support our troops, bring them home."

Bill Yankee

Juneau



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