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Category: Iraq war
September 5, 2013 at 7:32 AM

Brutality rises in Iraq

What have we gained? I’m writing in response to the recent article in The Times, about video proof of violence in Iraq. I’m puzzled. [“Videos show rising brutality in Iraq,” News, Aug. 31.] Let’s recap: The U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003 to ferret out its weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and to oust President Saddam Hussein. Hussein…


0 Comments | More in Foreign policy, Iraq war, Politics | Topics: brutality, iraq, saddam hussein

April 8, 2013 at 6:33 AM

The cost of war in Iraq, Afghanistan

United States should keep funding development for countries in need Indeed, the costs of foreign wars will keep mounting if the United States doesn’t do more to improve the lives of the poorest people around the world [“Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan could cost up to $6 trillion,” front page, March 31]. In countries suffering from weak institutions…


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March 5, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Private considered WikiLeaks a chance to start national debate

Manning’s actions are a public good Pfc. Bradley Manning is on trial — and facing 20 years in prison — for releasing classified information on American troop actions in Iraq ["Private saw WikiLeaks as chance to start a debate," News, March 1]. One video shows American forces killing civilians — including children — then firing…


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July 9, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Nuclear arms: Treaty is good news in volatile world

State senators should push for nuclear treaties What could do more harm to our people and environment than a nuclear explosion? Thank you for your editorial “An arms deal, and more” [Opinion, July 7], which nicely summarizes the state of negotiations between the United States and Russia. We need to ask our U.S. senators to support the forthcoming…


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May 11, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Watada objects to Iraq

Officers can’t choose their wars Bert Sacks demonstrates abject ignorance of American government and of military law in supporting 1st Lt. Ehren Watada’s refusal to serve in Iraq ["Refusal to deploy: a crime to participate in war of aggression," Opinion, Northwest Voices, May 8]. The Times didn’t do much better with its suggestion to drop the…


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May 10, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Watada’s Iraq refusal

Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press U.S. Army 1st Lt. Ehren Watada, center, addresses the media and supporters, on June 7, 2006, in Tacoma. Watada said he feels the Iraq war is illegal and immoral and he refuses to deploy. The Times has it wrong Editor, The Times: The disgraceful editorial on U.S. Army 1st Lt. Ehren Watada’s…


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May 7, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Refusal to deploy

A crime to participate in war of aggression It is hard to imagine an issue more central to the future of our country than this: Will we uphold the rule of law, or simply say we do and then act however we wish? Lt. Ehren Watada refused deployment to Iraq for one reason: He claimed the war…


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March 9, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Middle East affairs

A broken promise I must say I am glad President Obama is taking some steps toward bringing our troops home from Iraq, but I am disheartened by his decision to push withdrawal back to August 2010 and leave up to 50,000 residual troops in the area until December 2011. This marks a broken promise to the American…


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February 26, 2009 at 5:21 PM

War in Iraq

Military spending mounts, economy sinks Congress has approved more than $657 billion so far for the Iraq war, and the country wonders why we are in a recession? According to, over 40 percent of our income-tax dollars in 2007 went to military spending. Instead of sending 40 percent of our tax dollars and $657 billion to…


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