Letters to the editor (10/27/12)

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We can’t afford the Republican agenda
Editor:
The Republican agenda is all about “wealth creation,” a President Reagan catch phrase. Not your wealth, but corporate wealth and more wealth for the few.
To accomplish this, they have very successfully channelled taxpayer dollars to private interests through corporate welfare, wars and privatization.
President Reagan tripled U.S. debt in this way. Their list of “wasteful spending” includes Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, public education and health care.
If you hear a Republican tell you they love these programs, but want to “reform” them, feel alarm. Their idea of “reformation” is destruction. These are not values they support or believe in.
New Mexico District 2 needs to reconsider sending Republicans to Washington. Figures on the cost of the 2011 Republican debt default have come in. The U.S. Government Accountability Office priced it at $1,300,000,000 of unnecessary spending from taxpayer pockets.
Thanks goes to largely to the Tea Party Republicans and other Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Our Rep. Steve Pearce claimed to be a ringleader at the time.
New Mexico and the U.S. Congress can’t afford such ideology.

Wanda Becker
Los Lunas

President should have leadership
Editor:
I would like to respond to Antonio A. Flores’ letter of Sept. 26. While amusing, it fails to hold up to scrutiny.
The Cuban Missile Crisis doesn’t happen if President Kennedy wasn’t week during the Bay of Pigs invasion by abandoning the Cuban Freedom Fighters. Kennedy learned from his mistake and was brilliant during the missile crisis.
So too did President Eisenhower learn from his mistake of the Suez crisis by creating the Eisenhower Doctrine, which he implemented to help stabilize pro-Western governments in the Middle East.
I would also argue that the leadership provided by then General Eisenhower was as responsible as anything done by FDR or President Truman during World War II.
With his rebuilding of U.S. armed forces, Ronald Reagan stood up to the Soviet Union. The actions of President Reagan, as much as any single individual, led to the collapse of the Soviet Union.
When it was determined Libya was responsible for the 1986 bombing of a German nightclub in which U.S. servicemen were wounded and killed, Reagan acted decisively by bombing several Libyan targets.
George W. Bush’s response to 9/11 was hardly that of a “deer in the headlights.” Less than one month later, he began bombing Taliban and al-Qaeda camps.
One of President Obama’s first acts as president was to make overseas trips to apologize for past U.S. behavior. Recent reports question his leadership during the mission in which Osama bin Laden was killed. He had to be coerced by Hillary Clinton and Leon Paneta into finally approving the mission.
How about the Pakistani doctor who provided invaluable information regarding the location of Bin Laden? The Pakistan government recently convicted him of treason and sentenced him to 33 years in prison.
Here is an opportunity for President Obama to show some real leadership and demand Pakistan release this man, bring him to the United States and grant him U.S. citizenship.
Mr. Flores failed to mention Jimmy Carter or Bill Clinton. Allow me.
What was Carter’s response to the taking of hostages at the U.S. Embassy in Iran? Nothing for five months. This was followed by a failed rescue attempt, followed again by nothing for the remainder of his presidency. This is where Mr. Flores could have used his “deer in the headlights” analogy.
How did President Clinton respond to the first attack on the World Trade Center? Nothing militarily. There was a civil prosecution of those who were caught. How did he respond to the attack on the USS Cole? Again, he did nothing.
Whether a president is a Democrat or Republican is not what is important during times of war. It is the leadership capabilities he possesses.

John Di Lorenzo
Los Lunas