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January 28, 2008
AS A ARMY Reserve vet for six years, I can understand the need for the United States to police the world. But to spend billions on the war in Iraq is a definite waste of dollars. Mideasterners have been killing each other for more than 10,000 years. If the money our government is spending could be given to every U.S. citizen, and it would equal more than $1,000 for all 325 million Americans! Lawrence S. La Mantia, Philadelphia
NEWS
August 19, 2004
AS THE SLIMY attacks against his military record and heroism intensify, Sen. John Kerry may have fallen into a trap smartly set by the right-wing - looking dumber on the war in Iraq than George W. Bush. President Bush, on the campaign trail, has asked Kerry if he would have invaded Iraq knowing what the country knows now: that there were no weapons of mass destruction. Kerry, perhaps in a fit of misplaced machismo, said yes, effectively blurring the distinction between the senator and the president over the wisdom of the war. That's not the view of many Americans.
NEWS
November 30, 2007
IN JOHN Bruhns' "The Anti-war Phonies," he asserts, "If any candidate wants my vote, they first and foremost need to convince me that they will end the war in Iraq. " Hey, Bruhns, check the newswires. President Bush is ending the war in Iraq, no thanks to you. The surge is working. Peace is coming to Iraq. Vote peace. Vote Republican. Raoul Deming Chester Springs
NEWS
September 26, 2006
THE OP-ED "The truth about Iraq" by Sen. Kerry and Patrick Murphy illustrates the real issue we face on Iraq. The question most Americans desperately want answered is, "What now?" While Kerry and Murphy offer specific ideas, the Bush administration, Rep. Fitzpatrick and countless other Republican leaders and candidates offer no new ideas, instead bombarding us with their tired "stay the course" mantra. Connell Boyle Blue Bell
NEWS
February 1, 2007
RE ERIK Raske's Jan. 23 letter: My letter was not a direct comparison of Iraq to Philadelphia. It was an application of the left's rationale on Iraq on a problem closer to home and highlights the absurdity of the leftist position. Of course it would be silly to give up the fight against street crime just because of a high murder rate or because a particular crime-fighting strategy is not working. The fight against crime is a long, difficult process that has its ups and downs.
NEWS
February 17, 2006
THE homicide rate in Philadelphia was astronomical last year, making comparisons of Philly and Iraq almost plausible. Yet your paper prints opinions almost daily that contain leftist rants about how horrible President Bush is. Why not write something about Mayor Street and the lack of leadership he has provided? He made time for photo-ops with drug dealers, but can't do anything about the murder rate in the city. William Davis Wallingford
NEWS
March 7, 1991 | Daily News Wire Services
Iraq is to hand over to the Red Cross more than 20 journalists missing since Sunday and up to 2,000 Kuwaitis taken across the border before Baghdad withdrew from Kuwait, the Cable News Network reported today. The information was given to CNN in a live report from Kuwait by an official of the International Committee of the Red Cross. He said the Red Cross was taking medical supplies into Iraq's second- largest city of Basra and would bring out the journalists and Kuwaitis, probably tomorrow.
NEWS
November 17, 2003
PRESIDENT Bush has brainwashed the American public about Iraq. He has lied about weapons of mass destruction. He has not captured Saddam Hussein or Osama bin Laden. As commander in chief, he has not shown any grief for our brave and fearless men and women who are dying in a war he said was over. He will, however, write a check for $87 billion to help Iraq. Iraq is more important to him than any American, and he is showing you 87 billion reasons why. Sadeek Green Philadelphia An interesting experiment that can be done at home: Turn the volume all the way down on your TV the next time President Bush is speaking live.
NEWS
February 19, 2007
RE ARLEN SPECTER and the war: On Feb. 6, Sen. Specter joined with all but two Senate Republicans to block any debate on the nonbinding Iraq war resolution. As of this writing, Feb. 9, 14 more service members died in Iraq: 14 dead Americans in 3 days. I can understand that it's embarrassing and politically risky to admit you've been wrong, especially when you've sent over 3,000 American soldiers to their deaths on the basis of WMD intelligence that the Pentagon inspector general now describes as "of dubious quality or reliability.
NEWS
December 23, 2002
QUESTIONS for President Bush: If Saudi Arabia is found to be secretly supporting our enemies, what are you going to do, punish Iraq? If they are found to have the blood of thousands of Twin Tower victims on their hands, are you going to punish Iraq? If you find the Saudis guilty of harboring our enemies, are you going to punish Iraq? If you find out that Saudi Arabia set up phony charities to give money to terrorists who only want to kill Americans, are you going to punish Iraq?
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July 7, 2016 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
After the humvee struck an IED during a dangerous convoy in Iraq and flipped over, the airman driving it was knocked unconscious and bleeding profusely. His face was unrecognizable, his right arm crushed. He was rushed by a Black Hawk helicopter to a U.S. military hospital in Kuwait where Capt. Joseph P. Costabile, head of the surgery department, was waiting. Costabile recalled hearing someone say that the patient was "already dead" while he was being carried in. Costabile had a busy vascular surgery practice in Cherry Hill and was a reservist in the Navy when he was called to duty in 2005.
NEWS
May 4, 2016 | By Khadem Al-attabi and Marwa Al-a'sar, DEUTSCHE PRESSE-AGENTUR
BAGHDAD - The Islamic State on Monday claimed responsibility for an attack on Shiite pilgrims that killed at least 22 people and injured 30 others west of the Iraqi capital Baghdad. A car bomb went off, targeting a group of Shiite worshipers commemorating a holy imam in between al-Saidiya and al-Doura districts, a local police officer told dpa on condition of anonymity. The number of casualties is expected to rise due to the severity of the injuries, the source added. There were conflicting reports about the attack, with Islamic State claiming in a statement circulated on social media that 40 people were killed and dozens more injured in a suicide attack involving a car bomb.
NEWS
March 8, 2016 | By William Goodfellow
The populist presidential campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have been fueled by the deep disillusionment millions of Americans feel about what they believe is a rigged political and economic system. A stark rift has opened between those two candidates and the establishment wings of the two parties. A similar rift has opened over foreign policy, and the issue separating the populists from the establishment candidates is the Iraq war. In October 2002, Sen. Hillary Clinton voted for the resolution to authorize the use of force against Iraq.
NEWS
January 25, 2016
Edward Colimore is a former Inquirer staff writer The Gulf War had just broken out. Jeff Zaun, a Navy navigator and bombardier, was nestled in the cockpit of an A-6E Intruder, poised to drop cluster bombs on an Iraqi air base when a missile struck. The Cherry Hill native ejected along with pilot Bob Wetzel, who broke both arms exiting, and the two were captured and later whisked away to Baghdad for interrogation. In the days that followed, Zaun became the face of the first Gulf War, the image of the battered, bloodied American POW appearing on front pages, magazine covers, and televisions around the world.
NEWS
December 3, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Once captain of Wissahickon High School's basketball team and a criminal justice major at the University of Maryland, Justin Lee stood before a federal judge Tuesday to apologize for his role in one of the largest contracting and bribery cases to emerge from the Iraq War. Lee, caught in what he called a "culture of corruption," said he knew right from wrong. He said he wanted to please his father, absent from Lee's childhood and described by prosecutors as the mastermind behind a scheme that brought in millions.
NEWS
November 24, 2015 | BY JOE BRANDT, Daily News Staff Writer brandtj@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
ONE MAN was running his 64th marathon, the other was running his first since he got a prosthetic leg. For both, finishing yesterday's Philadelphia Marathon was an achievement. When William Reynolds' son Malachi, 6, rode his bike for the first time this summer, the father of four ran at his side. And that would not have been possible the previous summer. Reynolds' story, like the legend surrounding the 26.2-mile races called marathons - a messenger ran from the battlefield of Marathon to Athens to announce the defeat of the Persians in 490 B.C. - involves a war. It's been more than a decade since an IED gravely wounded the Army vet outside Baghdad, leaving his left leg a few inches shorter than the other and with greatly restricted movement after more than 20 surgeries to restore blood flow.
NEWS
November 6, 2015 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
Let us pause to mark the death of Ahmed Chalabi, the suave Iraqi exile beloved by Vice President Dick Cheney and top Bush administration officials. Many Americans have no doubt forgotten the name of Chalabi, 71, who died this week of heart failure in Baghdad. They shouldn't have. The fast-talking Iraqi, with degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Chicago, was the darling of President George W. Bush's top foreign policy advisers. He was a con man who succeeded in his mission: to convince the Americans to invade Iraq and topple Saddam Hussein.
NEWS
October 8, 2015
ISSUE | SYRIA Flawed strategies White House press secretary Josh Earnest recently said that Russia "imposing a military solution" in Syria would not work. He cited the Russian attempt in Afghanistan during the Jimmy Carter years and the American attempt in Iraq. This is a childlike analysis. The American attempt in Iraq was working until President Obama basically walked away from Iraq without a status-of-forces agreement. Obama cited the relative tranquility in Iraq as a justification for the removal of American forces.
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September 16, 2015 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
SYLVESTER MOBLEY was short a volunteer for his Coded by Kids class on Saturday when a couple of mini-reinforcements walked in. "You guys can help me set everyone up," Mobley told 10-year-old twins Munir and Mekhi Jones. Munir is older by two minutes; I promised I would mention that. Mobley, and another volunteer who came later, had it handled, but the look on the twins' beaming faces summed up what's behind this nonprofit program - and teaching city kids how to build websites is just part of it. When you ask Mobley about Coded by Kids, there's the elevator pitch: a program that provides inner-city kids and, most recently, adults with a free tech-education program.
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August 14, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Gov. Christie on Wednesday criticized presidential rival Jeb Bush as "re-litigating" the Iraq War, arguing that the unpopular conflict is "not a winning fight" for the Republican Party as it seeks to win the White House in 2016. Christie's remarks to the conservative radio host Laura Ingraham came a day after Bush, a former Florida governor, accused President Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton of hastening a "premature withdrawal" from Iraq and allowing the Islamic State to fill a void.
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