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Howard’s history problem

Columnist John Howard has his history wrong. The U.S. stood up to Soviet imperialism during the 40-year cold war exactly because they were a very real threat to our existence. The Soviet military was equal to ours and possessed 10,000 nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them, among other things. NATO was a defensive organization. Nuclear missiles in Cuba were a direct threat to the U.S. Japan and Germany certainly were a direct threat to the U.S. Both the Soviets and the Axis were intent on conquering the world. I cannot believe how many people try and compare our valiant victories in WWII and the Cold War with Iraq. It doesn’t wash.

If you believe that extremist Islam (Bush’s oil buddies in Saudi Arabia) is now a threat to the existence of the U.S., then attack al-Qaida, not Iraq. Iraq was a weak, secular, mean dictatorship that had no WMDs or connections with 9/11. Saddam was well contained and we were protecting the Kurds. We could have easily reformed the “oil for food” program and slowly built an ever-increasing world consensus against him. There was no hurry except the world’s second largest oil supply, sitting there unexploited.

Michael Schwalm



Penn Valley


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