- Fatal-shooting victim ID'd; uncle said he tried to break up fight (9/29/16)30
- Driver charged with manslaughter in crash that killed 2 (9/27/16)
- Sister: Shooting victim died a hero (9/30/16)8
- Perryville couple arrested on felony drug charges after sting operation (9/29/16)
- Perryville High principal on leave; no reason given (9/28/16)9
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)9
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Animal-rescue group receives grant from rock star for spay, neuter assistance (9/28/16)1
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Monia pleads guilty to 9 counts of financial exploitation of elderly; dealings with murderer Joseph clarified (9/28/16)11
Rationale for Iraq war still holds
To the editor:
A bumper sticker read "Had enough? Vote Democrat." I've had enough of those who feel hindsight should have bearing on political legitimacy. Case in point: Iraq. President Bush alone did not send us to war. The Senate voted 77-23 and the House voted 296-133 authorizing military action in Iraq. Included in the record are "yea" votes from Democrats Clinton, Daschle, Feinstein, Gephardt, Kerry and Schumer.
Democrats want us believe that they were misled by faulty intelligence from the U.S., Britain, France, Germany and Russia, who confirmed the case which was presented to the American public. While only scant evidence of an active WMD program was found, it does not erase the fact that multiple intelligence sources supported the case for war. It does not erase the fact that 42 countries joined a coalition to remove Saddam Hussein as part of the global war on terror. It does not erase the fact that we have a strong operating base for influencing Iran. It does not erase the fact that terrorists from Sudan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and Third World terrorist breeding grounds are being killed in Iraq instead of conserving resources for future attacks in the U.S.
Mistakes and miscalculations have been made in Iraq as they have in all wars. Sadly, lives have been lost and casualties have occurred as in all wars. However, the enemy is being confronted in sharp contrast to the apathetic policies of previous liberal leadership, which fostered and emboldened the terrorist threat we're facing today.
CHAD CRAFT, Jackson