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"But if the cause be not good, the king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make, when all those legs and arms and heads, chopped off in battle, shall join together at the latter day and cry all 'We died at such a place;' some swearing, some crying for a surgeon, some upon their wives left poor behind them, some upon the debts they owe, some upon their children rawly left. I am afeard there are few die well that die in a battle; for how can they charitably dispose of any thing, when blood is their argument? Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the king that led them to it; whom to disobey were against all proportion of subjection." (Henry V, Act V, Scene 4)

Friday, October 01, 2004

Pat Murphy Letter 10/1/04

Dear Editor,

The first presidential debate made very clear what has been repeatedly glossed over by the Bush administration in this election period: Bush recklessly invaded Iraq without exhausting other opportunities that could have kept more than 1,000 U.S. soldiers from being killed, he diverted resources from the real terrorist threat posed by Al Qaeda, and he racked up huge expenditures. Moreover, Bush failed to create a viable plan for winning the peace and instead has mired our country in a devastating conflict. As Sen. Kerry noted, our casualties are increasing each month with no end in sight.

As a very concerned citizen who loves America, I see the debate proving that we have an excellent choice for our next commander-in-chief, and it’s not Bush. Kerry displayed his strong convictions, specific plans, determination to root out terrorists, and consistent position on Iraq—which the Bush administration has wrongly characterized as inconsistent. Bush, however, offered his tired “sound bites” instead of thoughtful responses, acted arrogantly, and demonstrated that he is out of touch with the reality of the situation in Iraq and elsewhere. I’m tired of Bush’s weak and misleading promises. I’m tired of Bush’s people undermining the moral high ground the U.S. once enjoyed in the world. I’m tired of now being told that the “world is safer without Saddam” as the justification for a war we were told was necessary because of (nonexistent) WMDs and the false implication that there was link between Iraq and 9/11. Of course, Saddam is reprehensible, but as Kerry emphasized, he could have been controlled effectively without war. I see Kerry offering us a dynamic, strong, and steady alternative as president. We’ve suffered through enough failures these last four years—it’s time for a change in the White House.

Pat Murphy
Joplin

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