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February 3, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Obama’s presidency

Charles Dharapak / The Associated Press

President Obama waves and holsters his BlackBerry as he walks along the West Wing Colonnade toward the Oval Office at the White House.

Yes, an apology is in order

Editor, The Times:

In the Sunday edition, Charles Krauthammer argues that Obama need not apologize to Muslims for the actions of the United States [“Obama needn’t apologize to the Muslim world,” Times, syndicated columnist, Feb. 1]. Apparently, he has never bothered to read the history of our meddling in Middle East affairs.

The list of crimes that we have committed against the Muslim world is shocking. A few of the notable crimes include the overthrow of the democratically elected government of Iran in order to put the Shah of Iran into power, our military support of the Taliban in driving the Russians out of Afghanistan, our long history of ignoring war crimes committed by the Israelis, our military support of Saddam Hussein when he was fighting with Iran, and our refusal to recognize the democratically elected Hamas government in Gaza after we encouraged them to have elections.

These are just a few examples of why we should apologize to the Muslim world and why we need to change how we act in the Middle East.

When George W. Bush was president, the conservatives said that it was our patriotic duty to support him because we were at war. Well, those wars are still in progress. People such as Krauthammer should heed their own advice and be quiet.

The conservatives have made a mess of our country. We should give President Obama a fair chance to fix the problems they created.

— Gary Maxwell, Lynnwood

Reinvigorating a shrinking party

Your headline “Obama victory reinvigorates republicans” was quite amusing [page one, Feb. 1].

A new Gallup Poll reports, per Nate Silver, that “just five states, collectively containing about 2 percent of the American population, have statistically significant pluralities of adults identifying themselves as Republicans.”

The GOP has reduced itself to the aging, white Southern party. Opposing President Obama has only “reinvigorated” their rapidly shrinking base.

— Aaron Thomas, Seattle

Opposition, an organizational death wish

OK, let me see if I have this right. According to your Feb. 1 front-page article, the party of Herbert Hoover and George W. Bush believe if they “stake [their] future on opposing Obama” and his economic-recovery effort, regardless of the damage it does to the country, it will return them to power.

Obviously, the Republicans have gone from eight years of promoting the fantasy that got us into this economic disaster to adopting an organizational death wish.

They might want to brush up on some American history. May I suggest they Google the name “Whigs.”

— Bill Johnston, Tacoma

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