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July 7, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Boeing tanker: Why build planes of war?

Tankers shouldn’t be built in the first place

Connie Niva suggests Boeing is best suited to build a new Air Force tanker in her guest column [“Boeing is the best company to build the Air Force tanker,” Opinion, June 30].

Before anybody does so, I believe the Pentagon needs a full-blown review of its military strategy. It should be clear to our officials by now that the public is fed up with the U.S. engaging in foreign military ventures.

We are not the world’s policemen. So why do we need new tankers if we no longer send armies overseas? Furthermore, who is going to attack us? Admittedly, the military-industrial complex provides jobs, but if that is what we are after, we can certainly create jobs without producing military goods.

— Thomas R. Craig, Bellevue

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