Democrats have answers


Published: Tuesday, August 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, August 1, 2006 at 12:41 a.m.
The recent rash of letters bashing liberal or progressive opinions has reached a fevered pitch with the ridiculous July 23 "letter of the week" from Palatka's Edward Roberts. His was an anemic attempt to claim support for our troops through adolescent name-calling and a pathetic attempt to bully Democrats.
Meaningful support for our troops should have begun in 2002 with an honest assessment of Iraq's alleged imminent threat to America; time proved there was none. Respect for our troops should have been shown in 2003 by listening to military experts who advised against going into Iraq; those experts were demoted or fired.
Our government dismissed the Geneva Conventions by sanctioning torture; our troops are now at greater risk of like treatment when captured. America's occupation of Iraq and mismanagement of the war has set off a chain of events in the Middle East that today has us on the brink of a full scale world war.
Name-calling, bullying and macho posturing are tactics of the weak. Democrats know America is better than that. Our troops deserve competent leadership that will not send them to war unless all other options have been exhausted, when all diplomatic avenues have been explored and after we have built solid alliances and a strong coalition to join us in the fight.

Susan Bottcher,

Gainesville

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