In response to several recent letters published in this paper, I would like to observe that it has been a settled principle of this country at least since the administration of Thomas Jefferson that loyal opposition to the policies of a particular presidential administration cannot be equated with disloyalty to the country as a whole.
Patriotic citizens may both wish our troops well and deplore the reckless foreign policy that has put them in harm's way.
Are we as a nation stronger, prouder, and more secure as a result of our invasion of Iraq? Or have we been shamed by a hastily declared war over elusive weapons of mass destruction that months of urgent investigation have yet to uncover? Can we be proud of postwar planning so haphazard that we have yet to provide security or the most basic public services to the people we liberated?