Chicago PM Monday 4 May 2009
Voice of the People, Chicago Tribune
A letter in the Monday, May 4 Chicago Tribune "Americans' rights" says "we elected a president [in 2000 and 2004] who chose to involve us in a war in Iraq.... to satisfy the insecurities and arrogance of a man ill-equipped to handle the job the voters of this country gave to him."
The writer apparently has not read House Senate Joint Congressional Resolution of October 10, 2002 for "Use of Military Force Against Iraq." Its 1300 words (less than the two editorials and five other letters on this editorial page) contain 22 statements justifying invading Iraq, including the words 'weapons of mass destruction' (6 times,) 'September 11, 2001' (5 times,) 'nuclear' (4 times) and 'al Quaida' once. (Curiously, it does not contain the word 'oil'.) This resolution was passed by 2/3 majorities of both houses of Congress (2/3 of Senate Democrats, too.)
As for President Bush being "ill-equipped to handle the job the voters of this country gave to him" before becoming President he managed a private-sector business with a $60 million payroll for 5 years, then was elected Governor of the nation's second largest state (with a 1500 mile international border,) and reelected by a 2 to 1 majority. Compare this to the present occupant, whose largest payroll ever met was baby-sitter fees, whose international experience was five crucial pre-teen years slogging thru the mud of Indonesia, and governmental experience eight years as an Illinois State Senator, a job requiring no more skill than a Chicago Bears third-string jock strap attendant, but without the responsibility.
Arrogance comparison is left as an exercise for the reader. Insecurities? Watch their non-teleprompter enhanced performance.
Arnold H Nelson 5056 North Marine Drive Chicago 60640