Opinion Line (June 18)

06/18/2014 12:00 AM

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Iraq is exploding and Syria is a wreck. Doing nothing clearly hasn’t worked. We should have listened to Rep. Mike Pompeo when he argued to be more engaged in the region. I’m ashamed of yelling at his office during the Syria debate.


Pompeo’s belief that bulk surveillance on U.S. citizens is appropriate sends chills through my bones.


John Kerry makes Hillary Clinton look good.


I’m old enough to remember the political question, “Who lost China?” Do we have the question, “Who lost Iraq?”


Fox News and Republicans are right about Iraq. I mean, what was Obama thinking when Bush signed the troop withdrawal agreement in 2008?


The VA scandal, which was caused in large part by the large numbers of injured troops from the Iraqi War, and the current Iraqi crisis are both good reasons for those trying to shape government policy (or public opinion) to ask themselves about the law of unintended consequences.


President Obama said about Afghanistan: “We are finishing the job we started.” Will someone please explain just what that job was? What has changed in Afghanistan other than that a lot of people have died needlessly?


A quote from retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis kind of says it all: “No war is over until the enemy says it’s over. We may think it over, we may declare it over, but in fact, the enemy gets a vote.”


The shiny idea of “no one left behind” sometimes needs a dirty cloth (prisoner swap) to keep it clean.


Eighteen minutes of the Nixon tapes were missing, and it was a national upheaval. Two years of Lois Lerner’s White House e-mails are missing, and Nixon is rolling with laughter in his grave.


At Riverfest my daughter and I walked to A. Price Woodard Park to see the fountains. What a shock. The railings were corroded, rotting and discolored. Please clean up the park instead of spending money on unnecessary things.


To the people who fish at the Spring Creek pond in north Derby: Please throw your trash in the trash cans. Your trash can be harmful to the fish, turtles, frogs, ducks and geese. Also, to people who walk their dogs: Derby has a leash law.


On Father’s Day I watched a driver purposely kill a turtle trying to cross Maize Road. So much for our compassionate Kansans.

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