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Dear Editor,With mounting pressure against the Bush administration to change course in Iraq, the diehard chickenhawks are raising the bar even further in their spin machine. The same as four years ago: Get the deer-in-the-headlights average Joes to believe Saddam was behind 9/11 to justify the big oil grab. Get on the Bush bandwagon and “Let’s go teach them a lesson!” It worked. Even after it was unequivocally proven to be utterly fictional, 50 percent or so of Americans still believe it. And so the fix was in, and we invaded a sovereign country. The administration’s final answer to the big lie: “OK, there were no WMDs. But we’re there, so we just need to move on.” Now, al-Qaida is the major problem in Iraq. All of a sudden. Something Joe Six-pack can understand. Osama-Iraq. Osama-Iraq. Repeat it five times and the cattle will follow the bell. The newest justification: Al -Qaida is a franchise. Every week they capture a new “high level” al-Qaida operative (gotta keep Joe Six-pack believing). Where would any radical Muslim who wants to kill Americans go? Iraq, where the Americans are. No kidding. Why do we really stay the course? For Halliburton, Carlyle Group, Blackwater – all Republican conservative organizations making billions in war profiteering. Not to mention Exxon-Mobil, BP, and their ilk, with the guarantee of unlimited oil for the future. This gravy train for the right wing and big oil is our money being squandered. More than a half a trillion dollars: our tax dollars at work. Pallets of money being unloaded from trucks in Baghdad, and Paul Wolfowitz couldn’t even explain where they were going. This isn’t about democracy. Anyone who thinks it is has been drinking the Kool-Aid by the gallon. Bring the troops home and put them all on the borders and in our seaports. Oh, wait. I forgot all about Iran. I guess we’ll need them there for a few more years, once the nukes start dropping. That’ll really make us popular. But every president needs a legacy. Dana AndersenNew Castle


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