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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

September 10, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Iraq: Let’s learn from our mistakes

The current issues in Iraq causing us to consider military intervention were foretold by our military leaders and our previous sitting president as likely to occur if our military left too early [“Islamic State group not an unstoppable juggernaut,” Nation & World, Sept. 10]. Now we are paying for doing just that.

I heard the president will be speaking to the nation today. He is expected to discuss military intervention. War is horrible and we should not treat military intervention lightly.

So, if the president is going to ask America to fight the Islamic State, then I hope we have matured as a result of our previous experience and would demand real accountability from both our president and our Congress by insisting on the following caveats:

  • Have a plan for military intervention — a clear plan with specific goals and with a very high probability that goals would be achieved.
  • Include an agreement and method for Iraq to pay us back all the money we would spend on this military intervention.
  • Include measures designed to prevent recurrence of this problem. Do we need a period where we actually govern? Something else? Whatever it is, the president needs to say what we would do to make sure this does not happen again.

I am disgusted that this issue now might require our money (and potentially blood of sons and daughters) that would otherwise be reinvested into education and our infrastructure had this problem been handled better by our leaders in Washington, D.C.

Mike Nord, Silverdale

 

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