Unhappy revisiting war in Iraq

COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJune 23, 2014 

Reading the paper on Friday the 13th was like a double-feature of "Back to the Future." First Gov. Rick Perry of Texas likened homosexuality to alcoholism. Apparently he missed the American Psychiatric Association's memo in 1973, taking same-sex orientation off the disorder list (sexual addiction is the disorder analogous to alcoholism). Then Sen. John McCain demanded we go back to the security team with expertise at "winning" in Iraq. Presumably he refers to Cheney ("we'll be greeted with flowers"), Rumsfeld ("a few weeks"), Wolfowitz ("a fairly small force") and McCain himself ("really rather easy").

Actually there was one voice from that period worth heeding: that of an obscure Illinois state senator named Barack Obama. He called the invasion of Iraq "a stupid war."

Jack Frymire

Bellingham

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