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Letters to the editor on VA clinics, chicken hawks, Benghazi

  • Published Friday, May 30, 2014, at 12 a.m.

Letters to the Editor

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For more information, contact Phillip Brownlee at 316-268-6262, pbrownlee@wichitaeagle.com.

Reason to complain about VA clinics

I have always received excellent care at the Robert J. Dole Veterans Affairs Medical Center. But as a winter snow bird, I can vouch for what people are complaining about. I went to the VA clinic in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., and I was told if I didn’t have a primary-care doctor there I could not be treated.

I also went to the emergency room at the VA hospital in Phoenix. After checking in I was told to take a seat in the waiting room, which was nearly filled with other waiting veterans. Four and a half hours later, two people had been taken care of. I told them to forget me and left.



Chicken hawks

I wonder if the writer of “Legacy of disgrace” (May 28 Letters to the Editor) feels the same contempt and disgust for those “cowards” who send our young men and woman into battle. The cowards I refer to include former Vice President Dick Cheney and President Bush (well, Bush did “serve” in the Air National Guard, though never saw “action”).

Most politicians who beat their chests to go to war are chicken hawks and the worst type of cowards. They wouldn’t serve but have no problem sending other people’s children off to fight their wars.

The only contempt for our vets I see is in the years of budget cuts, sequestration, and the government shutdown brought to us by “the Honorable” Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and his ilk. Bush started these wars but didn’t do enough to increase the Department of Veterans Affairs’ funding, even though he knew we were going to see a huge increase of wounded soldiers. That, to me, is a contemptuous act.



Benghazi worse

A letter writer claimed that the suicide bombing in Beirut, Lebanon, that killed 241 American Marines was a bigger scandal than the Benghazi attack by Islamic terrorists that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens, two former Navy SEALs and one other American (“Investigate Beirut,” May 21 Letters to the Editor). I disagree.

The main difference is that the U.S. State Department and President Obama knew about the Benghazi attack in its early stages and decided to do nothing. There was desperation in the U.S. command in Stuttgart, Germany, the night of Sept. 11, 2012, to save the individuals in Benghazi. The military was told to do nothing. Had it acted, lives might have been saved and terrorists discouraged.

I believe that Obama did not want to do anything that would hurt his chances for re-election. He was afraid that the public would realize that his claims that he had effectively decimated al-Qaida were not true.

Terrorists have been emboldened because they realize that Obama is little threat to them. President Reagan kept the peace.

The Benghazi attack does need to be investigated effectively. Let us not abandon those in harm’s way serving our country around the world.


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