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Letters 07-27-2015

Next For Brownfields In regard to your recent piece on brownfield redevelopment in TC, the Randolph Street project appears to be proceeding without receiving its requested $600k in brownfield funding from the county. In response to this, the mayor is quoted as saying that the developer bought the property prior to performing an environmental assessment and had little choice but to now build it...

Defending Our Freedom This is in response to Sally MacFarlane Neal’s recent letter, “War Machines for Family Entertainment.” Wake Up! Make no mistake about it, we are at war! Even though the idiot we have for a president won’t accept the fact because he believes we can negotiate with Iran, etc., ISIS and their like make it very clear they intend to destroy the free world as we know it. If you take notice of the way are constantly destroying their own people, is that living...

What Is Far Left? Columnist Steve Tuttle, who so many lambaste as a liberal, considers Sen. Sanders a far out liberal “nearly invisible from the middle.” Has the middle really shifted that far right? Sanders has opposed endless war and the Patriot Act. Does Mr. Tuttle believe most of our citizens praise our wars and the positive results we have achieved from them? Is supporting endless war or giving up our civil liberties middle of the road...

Parking Corrected Stephen Tuttle commented on parking in the July 13 Northern Express. As Director of the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority, I feel compelled to address a couple key issues. But first, I acknowledge that  there is some consternation about parking downtown. As more people come downtown served by less parking, the pressure on what parking we have increases. Downtown serves a county with a population of 90,000 and plays host to over three million visitors annually...

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Why our troops must leave Iraq

George Foster - October 5th, 2006
Most Iraqis now hate Americans and can’t wait for us to get the hell out of their country. More alarmingly, the number of Iraqis who feel this way is still growing.
If you doubt this fact, as I did, you probably haven’t seen the latest polls from Iraq, itself. These results hit me like a thunderbolt, but unfortunately didn’t attract many headlines in the U.S.
The shocking conclusions from the latest independent study shows that 61% of Iraqis approve attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq. Not attacks “by” our troops, they support attacks “on” the U.S. military.
And I was surprised earlier this year over results of a similar poll that said 47% of Iraqis approved of the violence against American troops? Now, six out of ten Iraqis apparently want us dead – roughly 15 million people. Isn’t this the same nation we freed from the tyranny of Saddam Hussein? With friends like these, no wonder there is little time, lately, to track down al-Qaeda terrorists.
We know that few Iraqis embraced our troops with open arms as promised in 2003. The Iraqi people did seem open, though, to the creation of a U.S. supported democratic state. Today, embracing Iraqi arms seem to be more symbolic of an AK-47 in one hand and a stinger missile in the other – aimed at us.
Dispelling any notion that only terrorists were polled in the above-mentioned survey, this study of Iraqis also found an overwhelming negative opinion of Osama bin Laden and a majority disapproval of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
It should be obvious by the polls and the unrelenting carnage in Iraq that forcing our troops on Iraqis is not presently a viable solution. And just when do the Iraqi people want us to leave? The same survey asked that question and concluded over half of the general Iraqi population wants U.S. troops out within a year.
According to the Washington Post, the U.S. State Department conducted its own study and found that two-thirds of Baghdad’s residents prefer our forces leave Iraq immediately. If these poll numbers are even half-accurate, it is surely time to begin planning our departure from this nightmare better known as Iraq.
Regardless of whether you agreed with the original invasion of Iraq or not, most Americans want our troops to stay for now. Anti-Iraqi War notables Al Gore and Jimmy Carter even support keeping the U.S. military in Iraq without a defined exit date. Until this watershed moment, I have not supported bringing the troops home because the alternative seemed to be all-out civil war there.
Well, we are now on the brink of the worst-case scenario. Iraq is engulfed in a sectarian war with our troops caught in the middle of a population that hates us. But does standard military wisdom dictate that foreign troops should automatically leave a nation when most of its citizens wish it? Of course not - it depends on the circumstances.
In this case, Iraq is a nation that did not attack us - President Bush recently agreed that Iraq had nothing to do with the terrorist attacks of 9/11/01. At this juncture, the presence of American troops in Iraq, supposedly, is to help its people achieve freedom. Shouldn’t they be free to expect foreign forces to leave when we are no longer wanted?
Our country has now spent more than $300 billion on resurrecting Iraq. Even more staggering is the growing human cost – almost 2700 American lives lost, tens of thousands seriously wounded and many thousands more suffering with post-traumatic-stress-disorder. After three and a half years, it is time for the Iraqis to take responsibility for their own country.
Maybe good can actually come from their population turning on us. You can bet that Iraqis would be more likely to get their act together if our military suddenly announced to them, “You’ve got your wish, people. We are out of here.”
 
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