Isolationists and peace activists take a deep breath. I receive the VFW magazine each month. One May issue headline reads "U.S. Building Permanent Iraq Bases" (Page 10). This was even a surprise to an old hawk like me. It explained the U.S. Army engineers plan to build 14 bases at Baghdad, Mosul, Taji, Balad, Kirkuk, as well as in areas near Nasiriyah, Tikrit, Fallujah, Irbil and Kirkuk. As reported by the "Chicago Times," they also plan to renovate and enhance airfields in Baghdad and Mosul. The U.S. Congress is, of course, aware of these plans, including administration critics Ted Kennedy and Robert Byrd.
Democratic candidate John Kerry (Heinz Ketchup) even has a financial interest in this huge project. Anybody who has been in the military knows that the Army runs on Catsup, not gasoline. Heinz has a 60 percent market share worldwide.
These bases will provide support for all our strategic and economic interests for the next generation. In addition, they will assure Arab royalty friendly to the U.S. (Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt) will remain in power.
Ralph Nader is the only president who will bring the troops home. There is no such thing as a wasted vote.
If it looks like a duck...
President Bush would have us think that the war in Iraq is being won and democracy is flourishing. You can put lipstick on a pig, but the pig is still ugly.
The Bush record
The letter writer from Backus must be pretty desperate when he has nothing good to write about Bush's accomplishments so he attacks others he claims are dedicated to "...the destruction of the US of A." They are actually standing up for the high principles that made this country great and he is the one who is trying to lower our standards and to make a more dangerous situation where we are hated around the world where we were once respected and admired.
Why doesn't he discuss Bush's record deficits which will cause future problems and endanger programs such as social security and health care?
Why doesn't he discuss Bush's loss of jobs which has been the largest since the great depression?
Why doesn't he discuss Bush's record trade deficits? The March deficits of $46 billion shows his tax cuts creating jobs overseas rather than here.
Why doesn't he discuss how Bush's tax cuts are creating a divided America where there is the rich and the poor and a middle class getting smaller?
Why doesn't he discuss Bush allowing the dollar to drop making oil, gas, and other imports 30 percent higher while making the trade deficit worse?
Why doesn't he discuss which is worse, lying about sex or lying and talking us into war where people are being killed and our country's wealth is being wasted instead of improving education, health care, infrastructure, and research to keep our country more competitive than the rest of the world?
Why doesn't he discuss how we are loosing our freedoms as Bush makes us more frightened and appeals to our prejudices to win reelection?
Under Bush we are headed in the wrong direction and the future of our children and grandchildren looks far bleaker than an time I have seen.
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