Iraq: Moment of Truth
Shame on those Americans who no longer support the war in Iraq [May 24]. A war that was right when the first U.S. soldier was killed had better still be right after the deaths of more than 800 of our troops. The war may not be as easy as we thought it was going to be, but that doesn't mean it is wrong. We Americans should remain loyal to our military, including our Commander in Chief and those directly in charge of the troops in Iraq. If we rally around our military and its leaders when the going gets tough, they will make us proud, as they always have. MIKE GALLAGHER Houston
Where is a President like Harry Truman when we need him? Truman was willing to drop atom bombs to save the lives of American troops. In the face of enormous public disapproval, he fired General Douglas MacArthur. Truman showed courage and decisiveness when confronted with seemingly impossible situations. The whys and hows of the quagmire in Iraq would not faze him. He would either order the troops home or unleash the full might of the military on those who disrupt our efforts in Iraq. Moreover, he would take full responsibility for the decision. WILLIAM H. HEDRICK Albany, Ga.
I'm fed up with the idea that Europe is indebted to the Americans because they saved us in 1944. The U.S. had a choice: a Nazi Europe, a Stalinist Europe or entering World War II. Neither Nazism nor Stalinism was in the U.S.'s best interest, so it entered the war. Europeans may be indebted to those G.I.s who fought here 60 years ago but certainly not to the Bush Administration. PASCAL DURUISSEAU Nivelles, Belgium
You asked if the President who led us into Iraq knows how to lead us out. Bush did not lead me into Iraq; he dragged me, kicking and screaming, along with millions of others who could foresee the catastrophe this ill-advised action would produce. CHARLIE ROSE Boulder, Colo.
Your cover referred to this as being George W. Bush's moment of truth in Iraq. If this is the case, then it's better late than never. JAMES GALLAGHER Petaluma, Calif.
I like Bush very much as a person; he is the most humane President the U.S. has had. He is not, however, a calculating politician. He has been poorly advised by his Vice President, his Secretary of Defense and others in his Cabinet, and the blame rests with them. Bush has a benevolent heart; he wants what is best for Americans. He is a man of faith and goodwill, but he lacks the intellectual capacity to be a President. JUNE GOMEZ Orlando, Fla.
TIME dwells obsessively on all the bad news, the blood and guts, of the Iraq war. Can't you report just once on the good that U.S. and coalition troops have been doing? Let's hear about the positive things that President Bush and our people have achieved over there. TIM SWALLOW Waterloo, Iowa
It is not a matter of people losing confidence in Bush and the war. From the beginning, many of us had no faith to lose. Your story noted that General John Abizaid, head of the U.S. military's Central Command, exhorts the troops to keep the faith and emphasizes the good things that are happening in Iraq. That might change people's perception of the war, but it won't change the reality of it. JORGE OVALLE Normal, Ill.
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