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September 13, 2013 at 11:36 AM

U.S. involvement in Syria

Change begins at home “This is not a world we should accept,” exclaims President Obama from the front-page headline. [“‘This is not a world we should accept,’” page one, Sept. 11.] Yes, we should not accept chemical warfare. By the same token, we also should not accept diplomacy through destruction and death. We should not accept blasting…

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0 Comments | More in Foreign policy, Middle East, military, Politics | Topics: bombs, chemical weapons, Drones

September 12, 2013 at 7:02 PM

U.S. involvement in Syria

Exhibit democracy We should recognize the opportunity the United States has to set a positive example for many countries in the Middle East by expressing our popular will on the decision to bomb Syria over their use of chemical weapons. [“Syrians plead their case for, against U.S. military strikes,” page one, Sept. 9.] The Arab Spring…

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0 Comments | More in Foreign policy, Middle East, military, Politics | Topics: bomb, chemical weapons, democracy

September 10, 2013 at 6:54 AM

U.S. military involvement in Syria

Stay home As a country, we don’t have the resources or the will to enter into a conflict with Syria. [“Syrians plead their case for, against U.S. military strikes,” page one, Sept. 9.] We are not the world’s policemen. We are being sucked into a mess, and our less-than-presidential president has put us there. What little is…

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0 Comments | More in Foreign policy, Middle East, military, Politics | Topics: Barack Obama, bashar assad, economy

September 4, 2013 at 7:32 AM

U.S. involvement in Syria

Congress: Act quickly To those who represent the people of Washington state in the House and Senate: When you reconvene on Sept. 9, you have an important task at hand. President Obama has delayed action in Syria in order to seek your approval. [“Obama tosses gauntlet to Congress,” page one, Sept. 1.] While I hope that…

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0 Comments | More in Foreign policy, military, Politics | Topics: chemical weapons, crisis, kerry

August 30, 2013 at 7:22 AM

U.S. involvement in Syria

An internal matter I could not have said it better myself: “Let others punish Syria.” [“Editorial: Let others punish Syria,” Opinion, Aug. 29.] Your view is cogent and compelling. Events in Syria are repugnant and horrific. But it’s an internal matter, and none of our business. I am sorry, I am appalled, but I’m not interested in…

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0 Comments | More in Foreign policy, military, Politics | Topics: middle east, military, syria

August 29, 2013 at 7:37 AM

War crimes in Syria

Follow legal procedure Please urge President Barack Obama to respond to the war crimes in Syria through the lawful channels of the United Nations and the International Criminal Court. [“U.S. preparing evidence trail of chemical attack in Syria,” page one, Aug. 28.] We should also use this as an occasion to propose the strengthening of the…

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0 Comments | More in Foreign policy, Politics | Topics: crimes, foreign policy, military

August 22, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Robert Bales faces survivors of his rampage

Justice for victims I am sickened, and ashamed, that we are seeing this murderer trying to get a lesser sentence for the murder of 16 unarmed people, including women and children. [“Bales faces survivors of his Afghan rampage,” page one, Aug. 21.] Looking at his smug face, knowing that there is a tape of him laughing about…

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0 Comments | More in Middle East, military, Politics | Topics: Afghanistan, killing, military

August 17, 2013 at 7:06 AM

How to shrink federal debt

Follow the money The letter from Michelle Munneke claims that sequestration of the federal budget does not solve the problems of our inefficient tax code and entitlement programs that drive the deficit. [“Northwest Voices: Sequestration and the federal debt,” Opinion, Aug. 13.] Those two “problems” are actually conservative code phrases for their political agenda. Fixing the…

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0 Comments | More in Economy, Politics | Topics: corporations, economy, federal deficit

August 13, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Drone strikes in Yemen

Violating due process Our drones are killing people now in the impoverished country of Yemen. [“News of Note: Embassies evacuate, insurgents killed,” News, Aug. 11.] No arrests, no trials, no witnesses, just summary executions of people that someone has said are members of al-Qaida. This is such a flagrant violation of due process and the foundation of…

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0 Comments | More in Politics | Topics: Drones, due process, legal

August 8, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Manning convicted of violating oaths and expectations

Manning is a traitor Pfc. Bradley Manning was a volunteer; he was not drafted. [“Editorial: Manning no precedent,” Opinion, Aug. 6.] Manning took an oath; there was no coercion. He made a decision not in keeping with that oath. He knew the regulations and the laws that governed his military activities. He did not comply with…

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0 Comments | More in Politics | Topics: Bradley Manning, guilty, leaks

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