- Cape man gets 8 years for robbery, his first offense (12/7/16)9
- 3 students in custody for violent threat; no details released (12/9/16)15
- Abuse suspect tries to take cop's gun; officer zaps him with Taser and punches his face (12/7/16)3
- Group seeks to create a neighborhood park on Cape Girardeau's south side (12/7/16)14
- Man sentenced to 103 years for murder of Cape woman (12/6/16)4
- Cape may allow residents to keep chickens; residents at meeting push for measure (12/6/16)34
- Poplar Bluff man accused of enticement, child porn in Scott County sting operation (12/4/16)
- Burglary suspect apprehended inside Jackson garage (12/4/16)
- Company to start recruiting businesses to Jackson, Cape (12/9/16)14
- 13 venues, 60 sponsors participating in Happy Slapowitz's Toy Bash on Thursday (12/7/16)2
War in Iraq isn't over, and deficits are at record high
To the editor:
Those of us who have opposed the Iraq invasion since last October have been saying it would result in disaster. Now it is increasingly clear that the Iraqis are not embracing their so-called liberators and that we are in a real mess. The war is not over. It's just begun.
More than this, many experts believe al-Qaida and new terrorist groups have been greatly strengthened. Does anybody feel safer than they did three months ago? How about our troops? Apparently more are being deployed as I write this. Hey, you fiscal conservatives, what about the financial costs?
None of the reasons given for the invasion were adequate. Even Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld is backpedaling on weapons of mass destruction. Links to al-Qaida were either non-existent or hardly worth the risk of what is occurring. The Bush administration either lied or is incompetent. In spite of this, it has the audacity to take on Iran while pushing Israeli Prime Minister Sharon beyond the breaking point. I'm remembering a long letter we sent to U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson in February, and I'm recalling also her naive response justifying the Iraq invasion. It rings increasingly hollow every day.
Wake up, TV watchers, the Middle East is on the verge of coming unglued, the deficits are approaching record highs and your tax dollars are going -- by the billions and years into the future -- to pay for killing your children.
ROBERT POLACK JR.