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Stanley Ronell calls Gary Ackerman's statement that "We must find a sensible time that we can get out of Iraq as quickly as we can" a despicable statement that questions the ultimate sacrifices that our men and women are making in Iraq (Port Washington News, Sept. 21, 2006). No American questions the sacrifices that our troops are making in Iraq. We question the misguided policy that sent our troops into Iraq without finishing the job in Afghanistan. We also question the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld total incompetence in running our operations in Iraq.

President Bush has acknowledged that Saddam Hussein has nothing to do with the attack on 9/11/01. Hussein viewed Bin Laden as a threat to his secular dictatorship and had nothing to do with Al Qaeda. While Hussein was certainly a despicable leader, the administrations in North Korea and Iran were and continue to be much larger threats to world peace. But the Bush Administration, as confirmed by Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill, was planning to overthrow Hussein long before the 9/11 attack and twisted the war on terrorism to justify an attack on Iraq.

The New York Times has recently reported that a new National Intelligence Estimate prepared by our intelligence agencies "has found that the American invasion and occupation of Iraq has helped spawn a new generation of Islamic radicalism and that the overall terrorist threat has grown since the Sept. 11 attacks" (New York Times, September 24, 2006). The Bush Administration's plan is to stay the course and continue our failed policy. Gary Ackerman and the Democrats want to end our involvement in a civil war in Iraq and focus on the real fight against terrorists.

Bob Kleinman


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