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JOHN A. TAYLOR: Keep Republicans from taking control

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: America does not need more of the folly of the Bush administration

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

On March 16, The Albany Herald contained an article “Folly of Iraq Invasion needs more public scrutiny …”

Webster defines folly as (1) lack of good sense or normal prudence and foresight; (2) criminally or tragically foolish actions or conduct; (3) a foolish act or idea; (4) an excessively costly or unprofitable undertaking.

Two hundred fifteen Republicans voted for the Iraq war, while 81 Democrats voted for it. Ten years later, the Republicans have been working assiduously to forget. How can one forget? An estimated 100,000 Iraqis died, which has made countless more Arab enemies for us. Over 4,400 died and countless other Americans are forever maimed, some of them suffering mental trauma from which they will never fully recover.

Americans are suffering now from a war that was not paid for. Six years of Republican control of our federal government must not ever happen again. Considering the mess they left us in on December 2008, no wonder the V.A. health care system became overloaded.

On June 18, Cal Thomas wrote: “Iraq is on its own.” On June 19, Thomas Sowell’s article says: “A bitter aftertaste in Iraq.” Both are interesting, but …

I am 82, served the country via the U.S. Navy for a 20-year career — over three years on hospital ship USS Haven as a radio operator (Morse code) and my last 15 years as training administrator for the Naval Reserve. fear-mongering and warmongering are America’s worst enemies. P.S.; Why did George W. Bush and Dick Cheney fear serving in the Vietnam War?

JOHN A. TAYLOR

Albany