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Criticisms of Republicans are bogus

December 04, 2005|By Tony Hall

In response to the letter titled "Wheels coming off Bush's wagon" from a reader in Martinsburg, W.Va., that was published in the Friday, Nov. 4, paper:

Obviously the reader has not read the indictment he writes about. The indictment was made public last Friday, Oct. 28, in the evening. Had the reader taken the time to actually read the indictment, he would clearly see that the two-year investigation found that no one had outed a CIA operative. Libby allegedly obstructed the investigation (bad enough, to be sure), but this obstruction took place more than a year after Joseph Wilson outed his own wife in a June 2003 Op Ed published in the New York Times. In that Op Ed, Wilson himself stated the CIA sent him to Niger. Any halfway competent reporter would have done a routine background search to see what Wilson's ties to the CIA were and found through a simple Google search that in a bio published in 2001 in Who's Who in America, that Wilson was married to a CIA employee named Valerie Plame.

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All we need to know about this person's state of mind is made perfectly clear in his opening statement of paragraph two. That statement reads as follows: "The Iraq war is not going well - with more than 2,000 Americans dead and about 7,000 injured. This is reprehensible. The only treasonous act taking place here is gloating over the deaths of 2,000 of America's best and brightest citizens." I'll say no more about this, for it may dignify this statement.

The investigation of Tom DeLay is a red herring and is not even being reported anymore. The reason for this? Even the usual lefty suspects realize the charges are bogus and will be dismissed.

Then our enlightened reader once again attempts to perpetuate the myths reported about the Katrina tragedy (bringing others' tragedy into his own indictment of all things Bush). I have two questions for this writer, 1) How come the federal response was adequate enough in the states of Florida, Mississippi and Alabama, all states hit by the same storm? And 2) Does this person know that the helicopters that rescued more than 700 people the very night of the hurricane were Coast Guard helicopters and that more than one year ago the Coast Guard was realigned as an asset of the Homeland Security Department?

Finally, Harriet Miers withdrew her nomination to the Supreme Court after a thoughtful debate by conservative Republicans held over the airwaves of talk radio and the blogosphere.

These debates revealed Miers was underqualified to serve on the highest court in the land. This, I'm sure, came as a shock to this enlightened reader, as he was surely used to the muckraking and mudslinging practiced on the left during the Robert Bork, Clarence Thomas and John Bolton confirmation hearings.

If the commentator has any more fictitious points he would like me to enlighten other readers of this newspaper about, please feel free to respond.

I also would like to leave you with a quote, this from the famous junior senator from the great state of West Virginia:

"There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years. And that may happen sooner if he can obtain access to enriched uranium from foreign sources - something that is not that difficult in the current world.

"We also should remember we have always underestimated the progress Saddam has made in the development of weapons of mass destruction." - Jay Rockefeller, junior senator, West Virginia.

Tony Hall
Hagerstown

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