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Congress has enough to do

February 16, 2013

To the editor: About your post, “Drone policy needs some scrutiny.” First off, I don’t think this Congress should be asked to do any more work than they already do....

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yunosmart

Feb-16-13 3:03 AM

I hope this guy knows that the USS Maine was likely destroyed be a boiler malfunction,and not Spanish saboteurs. This whole article is riddled with idiocies that I'm too tired to point out.

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svensota

Feb-16-13 10:27 AM

And, Mr. Eckstein, let's not forget the WMDs and the trillion dollars spent to find them or the 4,500 US servicemen sacrificed for George Bush's ego.

War by the stupid is...stupid.

Remember the W.

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deerhunt

Feb-18-13 12:20 PM

Mr. Eckstein , you are incorrect on one of your points , this president does not meet with his security staff on a daily basis, he prefers to get updates via his I-phone.He only started showing up for some of the meetings after it was found out by the press, he hadn't been to a meeting in 6 months. Just like the Benghazi fiasco , he took one phone call at 5:30 and then told the Sec. of Defense to do whatever is necessary. He had to go to bed because he had to go to Vegas to campaign , not exactly the guy I want making decisions as to who should get killed by a drone. I think their has to be some oversight or even a hearing of some sorts when the person is a US citizen(no matter how bad they are),there are rights that need to be upheld, it becomes a slippery slope when you start killing your own citizens with out a trial . If you don't think that is true , than what do you do with other criminals that are commiting crimes , shoot them on the spot? Judge , jury and executioner - would

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svensota

Feb-18-13 8:47 PM

"Would" what, deerhunt?

That was one of your goofier rants. Sorry to miss the grand summary.

Enlighten us. Please.

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deerhunt

Feb-19-13 7:01 AM

svensota-would you want that to happen to you or your family member? Doesn't seem so silly if it was happening to somebody you knew , be careful when you start rewriting the constitution , the outcome may not be what you expect.

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deerhunt

Feb-19-13 7:33 AM

svensota - you also complain about war by us being stupid, unfortunately war is an ugly part of life.Evil only succeeds when good men do nothing, it would be easy to sit back and let people kill each other as in Syria( 60,000 dead and nobody is stopping it). Not saying that every war we have been in should have been handled they way they have, I prefer to get in and get out , make your point and leave.

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svensota

Feb-19-13 11:30 AM

Now deerhunt, don't go twisting my words. What I said was, "war by the stupid is...stupid."

For example: Bush-Iraq War One was handled brilliantly. The "Old Man" had a plan, developed a coalition, went in, kicked hinder, and knew when to get out. On the other hand, "Junior", known as "W", handled Bush- Iraq War Two about as stupidly as...as...Lyndon Baynes Johnson handled Viet-Nam.

So, to recap, war by the stupid is...stupid.

Got it?

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deerhunt

Feb-19-13 11:53 AM

I don't feel any president in history was stupid ( dem. or rep.)that went to war, they all go in with the intent of getting it over quickly, war is a fluid situation that does not have clear paths , sometimes it just happens to work out better than others. I am sure "W" or Johnson would like to redo their actions, just as our current president would like a redo on Benghazi. I don't think the administration was stupid in their response , they just underestimated the actions of the terrorists.

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svensota

Feb-19-13 4:21 PM

"Stupid" is a generalization for inept, incompetent, clueless, devious, misguided, and, yes, lacking intellect, common sense, and/or political savvy.

I would argue that a number of our esteemed presidents have veered into the "stupid' column as I've defined "stupid".

I give you my all-star all-American all-time worst list:

Millard Filmore

James Buchanan (the all time worst)

U.S. Grant

Warren G. Harding

Herbert Hoover

Lyndon Baines Johnson

Richard M. Nixon (A for diplomacy, F for domestic)

Gerald Ford Jimmy Carter

George W. Bush (runner up to all-time worst)

And, a special life-time award to Woodrow Wilson for the worst decision of the 20th Century: the U.S. entry into WW One.

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deerhunt

Feb-22-13 5:44 PM

Also when it becomes easier to make money , unemployed people start paying taxes again,there are more start up companies because the risk /reward ratio becomes better-that equals more competition which drives prices to consumers lower. There is no substitute for strong GDP,I would believe in government spending helping the economy if they wouldn't spend it foolishly-last years farm program as an example.

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