It was good to see this in the paper today. Omaha, as you might imagine, is a damn conservative town. Not only is it your run-of-the-mill midwestern flag-waving town, it's also home to one of the country's largest Air Force bases.
During the months leading up to the war and during the war itself, the Editorial section was filled with people praising the prez and his cronies. Now it seems that people out here are beginning to wake up and ask some questions.
Published Thursday June 26, 2003
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Bush trumped Clinton
I have finally had it with the hypocrisy of American politics and the American public willing to be led "gently into that good night."
A few years ago we were disgusted with our president because he had an illicit affair with a 21-year-old intern and lied about it. That had no impact on our day-to-day American lives. It was a personal matter that should have remained personal.
Today it seems our current president has taken some liberties with the truth about Iraq and weapons of mass destruction. Yet we seem still enamored with him and are willing to follow him whenever he leads us.
Bush's deceptions about Iraq's posing an imminent threat to the American people directly affect our lives and certainly the lives of the courageous military men and women in Iraq.
Why are the citizens of the United States more concerned about a president who lies about an illicit affair than one who takes our men and women of the Armed Forces and places them in imminent danger?
Steve Hamilton, Omaha
Confidence is lacking
President Bush is "confident" about everything. He's confident that we'll hunt down Osama bin Laden, confident that we'll get Saddam, confident that we'll find weapons of mass destruction, confident that the economy will rebound, confident that people will find jobs, etc.
Well, I'm confident that a beautiful woman will fall in love with me, I'm confident that I'll hit the lottery, and I'm confident that the Cubs will win the World Series.
But in reality, problems need specific answers, not false bravado and fund-raising.
Is the education president also confident that more than 32 percent of the nation's school kids will read at a proficient level?
Mike Hicks, Omaha
Poll shows ignorance
A poll in May conducted by the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland indicated that almost one-fourth of Americans believe that Iraqis used weapons of mass destruction during the war (they didn't); about one-third think we found WMDs after the war (we didn't); and about one-half think Iraqis were among the 9/11 hijackers (there were none).
With voters as ignorant as this, I wonder why President Bush is taking the trouble to raise hundreds of millions for his re-election campaign.
I also wonder what percentage of voters think Saddam Hussein corked Sammy Sosa's bat.
Michael T. McGrath, Omaha
Iraq and Vietnam
If you really look at what is going on in Iraq, you will question what the virtue was to this war. If we have opened the door to a government like that of Iran, there will be just as many killings and barbaric acts of unkindness as in the fallen regime. Women already are beginning to cover themselves for their safety.
Sen. Chuck Hagel says we will be in Iraq for at least five more years. I say we are in another Vietnam, or close enough to the beginning of one, and that we should brace ourselves for the ultimate body count.
The war is over. Let us go home and see what happens. I don't want to see our young men and women die for some coming election.
Kathy Edwards, Omaha
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