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Same, tired song was sung in Vietnam

November 26, 2005|By C. A. Belella

To the editor:

President Bush, Vice President Cheney and the administration are now being much criticized for our Iraq policy. Since the war on terror there has dragged on for two and half years, there are those who think we have been in Iraq long enough, fighting a war that seems to have no shape, and want us to get out and let the chips fall where they may.

The words have changed but the tune is the same one that was played in the '60s and early '70s about the Vietnam war. Then it was Jane Fonda, John Kerry and Joan Baez. The protesters won, we left, the Communists took over and 58,000 American soldiers died for nothing.

Now it is Cindy Sheehan, the same John Kerry, Ted Kennedy, Howard Dean, Nancy Pelosi, Michael Moore and their sort. Some of them supported the action against Iraq but now that the going is tough they no longer do, mostly for political reasons. They want us to cut and run, wasting the lives of the 2,000-plus Americans who have died and endangering the lives of the troops who are still defending us there.

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They fail to acknowledge that there have been two successful free elections this year. The insurgents know that all they have to do is continue their killing, America will give up and they can achieve their victory, spurring the incredible repercussions this will have all over the globe. I don't believe President Bush will let them have their way.

The critics accuse President Bush of exaggerating pre-war intelligence. Clinton, Gore, the Senate Intelligence Committee, the CIA, the British, John Kerry and John Murtha all agreed that Saddam Hussein had WMDs and had, in fact, used them against his own people and the Iranians.

The mass graves discovered since the occupation have confirmed that fact. Dick Morris, the former advisor to Clinton, has said recently that he and the then president often discussed Iraqi WMDs at their cabinet meetings. Furthermore, even Joe Wilson initially admitted that Iraqi envoys had tried to buy uranium from Niger in the late 1990s.

And, Saddam surely acted as if he had something to hide by hindering the progress of the United Nations inspectors at every turn.

All he had to do was to comply with the dozens of UN resolutions put in place after the first Gulf War and to this day he could be enjoying his wealth and palaces and the love of all those, like Jacques Chirac, who still think he was an OK guy.

C. A. Belell
Smithsburg

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