Sound off: Lots of criticism and some support for Bush's Iraq plan

From Today's Letters to the Editor

So what’s new?

Editor, Daily News:

I just watched the president’s speech on his new strategy for the war in Iraq. He wants to send in 20,000-plus more troops, then go sector by sector, find any insurgents or weapons, and stay there until all Baghdad is clear.

I then watched all the commentaries on CNN, ABC, NBC and CBS.

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They all talked about the war and what the president had to say.

We are not at war with Iraq; Iraqis are at war with themselves.

We are occupiers; no one wins an occupation. I thought we learned that in Vietnam.

We won the war against Saddam Hussein and his army.

When you’re the visiting team and you win the game, you go home. You don’t occupy the stadium.

They need to settle things themselves. We had help from other countries in both the American Revolution and Civil War. But if after the wars those countries tried to tell us how to run our country, we would have fought them.

The Lord helps those who help themselves. Therefore, the only ones who can help the Iraqis are the Iraqis. They do have to want peace first and I don’t believe that they do; they have been fighting too long.

It is the old Hatfield and McCoy syndrome: “I don’t know why we’re feuding, but it’s fun.”

P.S. — I have noticed President Bush has lost his little Alfred E. Neuman smirk.

J.B. Ott/Golden Gate Estates

He never learns

Editor, Daily News:

President Bush still doesn’t get it. His new plan is more of the same. It ignores the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group and the generals who have been leading our troops on the ground.

The last thing we need to do is give the Iraqi insurgents 20,000-plus more targets.

The blood of the additional casualties which our forces will surely incur will be on Bush’s already bloody hands.

David B. Goldstein/Naples

Out to get him and us

Editor, Daily News:

The constant criticism of President Bush every day is getting more disgusting and tiresome. The Bush haters who have been at it since even before he was elected the first time are outdoing even themselves as time goes on.

The president has been blamed for every conceivable event, including Hurricane Katrina. He is held out by the Democrats and the ever-left-leaning media as a liar.

That in itself is a lie.

Remember President Clinton? Now there was a liar.

Certainly Bush has made some mistakes. Iraq wasn’t one of them. But every administration has had its own errors. The president has followed his beliefs and his conscience. He believes in the freedoms we Americans enjoy and that we have to fight to protect them. Our enemies are out to get us. The sooner we recognize how dedicated they are to our destruction, the sooner we can win this war.

Bush is right on. Thankfully we did not get Al Gore or John Kerry.

The president’s adversaries should get off his back and let him do his job. But the political game being what it is, that will not come about.

One thing is for absolutely sure: If Bush could run again, I would be proud to vote for him. He is a great American.

C. William Briggs/Naples

Another mistake coming

Editor, Daily News:

President Bush is about to make another bad mistake — increasing U.S. troop strength in Iraq.

After almost four years of the Iraq quagmire — with 3,000 U.S. troops killed and over 21,000 seriously wounded — and defying the underlying reasons for the political defeats in November, Bush has blatantly ignored the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group.

When the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, the vehicle which introduced the United States into the Vietnam War, was being debated — then by a Democratic administration — only one senator, Wayne Morse of Oregon, had the courage and foresight when he asked: “When will our governments realize might does not make right?”

History has proven that the major cause for a country’s demise as a world power is when that country tries to impose its will and culture on other nations.

Can the United States maintain its role in the world if we continue to follow the failed policies of the Bush administration?

Jim Gage/Naples

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