I read with much interest Friday a letter from a Vietnam veteran who urged us to not support George W. Bush or the war in Iraq.
I must disagree, first with Mr. Bowman's position, and secondly, with his reasons.
I like the idea of the war in Iraq being "his war" (meaning Bush). That has kind of a medieval feel to it, one leader at the control of his nation's forces. Unfortunately, this is not the truth. Congress voted on a resolution to remove Saddam Hussein with force, and many Democrats (including John Kerry) voted for military action. This does not mean that the responsibility falls entirely on Bush's shoulders. Unfortunately for Mr. Bowman, we live in a democracy, where military action is approved by, and is the responsibility of, the president and Congress.
Also, "like it or not, (in 1917, Germany) was a sovereign nation, just as we are. How (the Kaiser) ran his country was no business of ours. You do not unleash the horrors and insanity of war upon sovereign nations, just because you do not approve of its leader and the way that leader leads."