In your editorial of Sept. 11 you say that our troops are in Iraq to change that country into a place "that will no longer be a breeding ground and sanctuary for terrorists." The repeated claims by the Bush administration that Iraq was somehow linked with the kind of terrorism that created 9/11 remain unsubstantiated. Ironically, now that our troops have occupied Iraq, it is rapidly becoming a breeding ground for terrorists who are pouring across Iraq's unguarded borders to attack an inadequate occupation force and those who collaborate with it. Perhaps you see this as progress, but I don't.
You go on to say that "those of us who support the way the Bush administration is protecting Americans from terrorism with military force abroad and security measures at home are tempted to tell his critics to just shut up, to support the president in a time of war - a war which began on September 11, 2001." You seem to be suggesting that the horror which all Americans feel about 9/11 should translate into unwavering support for this president's response, as if it were somehow insensitive and unpatriotic to be critical in a time of war. What concerns those of us who opposed the invasion of Iraq is that so many Americans (and Iraqis) are being killed or permanently injured in an unjustified and incompetently planned invasion.