Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | JULY 16, 2014 5:00 AM

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Not another Iraq war

The United States must NOT fire a bullet, launch a missile, or drop a bomb in Iraq. To do so would be an act of war. To do so would not only be illegal, it would be tragically counterproductive for both Iraqi and U.S. citizens. By what stretch of imagination can our military actions in Iraq accomplish now what eight years of war, 160,000 U.S. troops, and $1.5 trillion failed to accomplish

Our invasion and occupation, preceded by a decade of debilitating sanctions, have left Iraq in a much worse condition than it had been. Iraqis are not stupid; they know that. Our military action would ultimately be welcomed by no one and would incite further sectarian violence.

Reps. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., and Scott Rigell, R-Va., have circulated a letter to President Barack Obama insisting that there can be no new U.S. war in Iraq without the approval of Congress. Eighty members of Congress have signed that letter. None of the Iowa congressional delegation has signed that letter. Why not? Please tell them to do that.

Obama is being pressured by prophets such as Dick Cheney (“My belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators.” March 2003) to give war in Iraq another go, as he lays the blame for Iraq’s ills at Obama’s feet. The people of the United States did not approve of our Iraq war in 2003, and we don’t approve of another now. But we must not be silent.

Signed by:

Ed Flaherty
Jeff Strottmann
John Ivens
John Jadryev
Thomas Baldridge
Linda Stearns Fisher
Lloyd Epley
Donna Epley
Pamela Fitzgerald
Louis De Grazia
Roscoe Porch
Joe Michaud
Carl Beyerhelm
Tim Stewart
Mary L. Martin
Wm. Eginton
Diana Henry
Steve Hanken
Sharon Hanken
Al Bohanan

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