Letters to the Editor

I consider myself lucky to have celebrated seven decades living in the greatest country on earth. Shortly before my 20th birthday, I realized many people my age were volunteering to fight communism in Southeast Asia while I sat in a classroom. I decided to put my education on hold and joined the Navy, following in my father’s footsteps.

I was proud to serve on an aircraft carrier in the Gulf of Tonkin. I was dumbfounded by the war protestors. Years later, after the Pentagon Papers surfaced and after reading many books on Vietnam, I understood that the protestors were right.

Numerous administrations, both Republican and Democrat, lied to the American people. Several presidents sent thousands of soldiers to die on foreign soil knowing full well it was futile and we could not “win.”

The invasion of Iraq led to the destabilization of the Middle East. We were told Saddam Hussain had weapons of mass destruction. We were told Iraqis were involved in the horror of 9/11. There were no weapons of mass destruction and the terrorists involved were Saudi Arabians.

Remember Pat Tillman the NFL player who felt compelled to join Special Forces after 9/11? He was killed in action by friendly fire. The administration outright lied and said he was killed by terrorists.

President Donald Trump takes the word of Vladimir Putin over the objections of his intelligence community regarding election interference. Trump refuses to take action against Saudi Arabia in their war in Yemen. He refuses to hold the Saudi Prince accountable for the horrendous murder of Jamal Khashoggi against the wishes of his intelligence community and both Republicans and Democrats in Congress.

Will we ever learn? Our current administration is rattling its saber and suggesting Iran is mounting a plan to attack American forces in the Middle East. Are we really under threat? Our allies do not believe there is a real threat.

Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me. I say to all Americans: Pay attention to the news. Any politician that cannot tell the truth will not get my vote.

Thomas Springsteen

Aiken