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Forum, Jan. 13: Assassination is just an invitation to mayhem

Published: 1/12/2020 10:00:54 PM
Modified: 1/12/2020 10:00:10 PM
Assassination is just an invitation to mayhem

Our nation just took a deadly turn. Our president campaigned for office asserting that the Iraq War was without cause and repeatedly said America should pull out of its foreign wars. Last summer, he abandoned Kurdish allies in Syria and claimed our troops were being brought home. He boasts that economic sanctions will bring Iran to its knees and claims he does not want war with the Islamic Republic. But on Jan. 2, he committed a grave act of war against both Iran and Iraq, without congressional consultation or approval, by ordering our military to kill Iranian Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani on the grounds of Baghdad International Airport. Also killed were high-ranking Iraqi officials.

Self-defense is claimed. The Trump administration, no doubt truthfully for once, is asserting that Soleimani was conspiring to direct attacks upon U.S. military and diplomatic personnel in Iraq. But the aim of such attacks, of course, has been to force the United States to do just what our president claimed he wanted: to get out of Iraq. It will have just the opposite effect.

Trump made the Ayatollah’s day by sending Soleimani to paradise. In response, our State Department warned all Americans in Iraq to get out. Troops are on their way to Kuwait. This signals our readiness to fight the new Iraq war our president has just kicked off — a war in which we will have no active allies. The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad is being reinforced with Marines. The Iraqi Parliament called for the expulsion of U.S. troops, and Iran will be left in possession of the field.

The assassination of Soleimani is just a parting invitation for mayhem as the U.S. heads for the exit in Syria and Iraq. And now Muqtada al-Sadr will see that mortars rain down on our embassy as we leave Baghdad.

Good going, Mr. Trump. Iranian and Islamic extremists around the world are pleased. Soon we will have your new Middle East war. But is there anything more to your leadership than appealing to the crowd?



Tulsi Gabbard not getting coverage she deserves

I have been following and supporting U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s presidential campaign for almost a year now. I have been impressed with her honesty, integrity, political knowledge and her aloha spirit. Words, however, cannot express my utter disappointment at the coverage by the media of this candidate.

On a recent Sunday, Gabbard had a town hall event in Hanover that attracted 200, and another event in Enfield on Monday. As I write this letter on Tuesday, so far not a peep from the Valley News on either event. WMUR is not immune from this treatment, either. On that Sunday morning’s news, it featured a graphic of candidates with events in New Hampshire and — oops! — Gabbard was not on the graphic. I also have yet to hear National Public Radio mention her. All this despite the fact that after every debate she has participated in she has been the most Googled candidate. Voters of New Hampshire need to be aware of this. Do your research as a voter and don’t allow the media to pre-select your candidate.



The writer helped organize the Enfield event and introduced Gabbard there.

Bernie Sanders is for the people

Though I live in New Hampshire, I feel like I’ve known U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., for a long time. Many people I know feel the same way. He is elected over and over by comfortable margins because he has always worked “for the people” — seniors, veterans, workers and their wages, the economy and the environment. We know he is very knowledgeable on Social Security, women’s rights, climate change and the cost of medicine.

On the issue of endless war, Sanders voted “no” to the Iraq War, while his main opponent, Joe Biden, voted for it. We know Sanders is a man of principle.

Sanders is on a roll: Polls show him to be the favorite of a cross section of New Hampshire voters. This diversity, dedication and large number of campaign contributors and volunteers should carry him to victory in the primary on Feb. 11. It’s time for undecided voters to pick their presidential candidate. I recommend reading up on Sanders, checking him out on YouTube or attending a rally.

Let’s put Bernie Sanders in the White House to work for the people.



Two loathsome doctrines

It is the first brainchild conceived when naive pacifism yields to the advances of an artfully reassuring authoritarianism, and is thus the bleating, slow-witted spawn of an incestuous union of two loathsome doctrines. I refer, of course, to gun control advocacy.

If you have come away from an encounter with a gun control advocate with the impression that he is less concerned that you may be stabbed, bludgeoned, strangled, raped, etc. than that your assailant may be shot, you have understood him perfectly.



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