Shameless waste of lives

Letter to the editor

Posted: Thursday, December 08, 2005

Our Constitution unambiguously instructs Congress to provide a military that will aggressively defend the borders of these United States. On Sept. 10, 2001, President Bush had several hundred thousand U.S. troops unconstitutionally garrisoned in over 100 countries. This globe-spanning military deployment did nothing to prevent the 9/11 attacks on our own soil. On March 19, 2003, President Bush, without the required declaration of war by Congress, illegally ordered U.S. troops to export death and destruction in Iraq. On Sept. 8, 2005, ABC News showed National Guard troops going house to house in New Orleans and confiscating guns from law-abiding citizens.

If continued unabated, the blowback from this misuse of our military will be a fatal blow to what remains or our constitutional republic. Or, as George Washington advised citizens in his farewell address, beware of "those overgrown military establishments which, under any form of government, are inauspicious to liberty, and which are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty."

Meanwhile in Los Angeles, 95 percent of outstanding homicide warrants are for illegal aliens. Nationwide, more Americans die every year at the hands of illegal aliens than have been killed to date in Iraq. What is Bush's answer to this alien invasion? Amnesty for these "guest workers."

Bush has been utterly shameless in wasting the lives of those in uniform. It's time to bring them all home.

Jim Dore

Anchorage



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