The Cincinnati Enquirer asked for readers' reaction to the recent call by Republican Senators Lugar, Domenici, and several others for a withdrawal and/or reassessment of the current plan in Iraq.
"This week we asked Enquirer readers for their thoughts on recent statements by Republican senators calling for U.S. troop withdrawals from Iraq, and whether their own opinions had changed recently as well. Here are excerpts from some of the replies we received."
Samples below; more here:
President Eisenhower, who knew something about war, warned against the military-industrial complex, and his words are especially relevant today. Here's hoping that more Republicans find the courage to join the effort to end this disaster.
- Cindy Wainscott, Florence
Do what Lugar and Voinovich suggest and in a decade we will have to go back in to Iraq. To leave now is short-sighted and stupid. We do this right today or our children and grandchildren will pay the penalty for our ineptitude.
- Timothy Inwood, Wilmington
Old men who had never been to war sent young men and women to an immoral, unnecessary, unprovoked war in Iraq over four years ago. Those of us who were aware of the mendacity that took us to war are wondering why it took the respected, intelligent, decent Sen. Richard Lugar so long to declare the Bush policy ineffectual and destructive, followed closely by an agreeing Sen. George Voinovich. Imagine if the United States had left on the "Mission Accomplished" high note and allowed the Iraqis to sort out their own affairs and create a country to their own liking. That is essentially what they must do, only now their people and country are fractured to near a breaking point.
Enough already, Mr. Bush!
- Nancy D. Rowles, Covington
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