US armed forces not world’s police

Re: the Nov. 5. article “Economy must be factor in immigration debate, border mayors say.”

It seems incredible that so many ignorant politicians in Washington are eager to promote military interventions in the Middle East.

Lacking any understanding of the culture or the complex interactions of the various Sunni and Shia factions over there, they want to send arms, drop bombs, and send American soldiers into battle.

George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld apparently lied about weapons of mass destruction and al-Qaida connections . Thanks to their ignorance and deception, we waged a war that left Iraq in a still messier condition.

Because we have little grasp of ongoing events abroad, we should help find diplomatic solutions in the Middle East and stop pretending that Uncle Sam is the all-knowing world policeman.

Richard Coan

Writer and retired psychology professor, Tucson

Schools chief seems sorry he was caught

The June 19 article “Huppenthal admits anonymous posts.”

John Huppenthal, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction, wrote in a blog that people who receive public assistance are “lazy pigs.” He did so anonymously, using the cover name Thucydides, the famous Greek historian.

He chose not to reveal who he was or what his position was “because I felt that any other (approach) would limit a free and open exchange.”

Maybe he meant that speaking his innermost convictions would prevent him from being re-elected. You never know, Mr. Huppenthal. Maybe the electorate would prefer not to have a bigot making decisions about our children’s education.

Or, maybe they would be put off by your so-called apology: “I sincerely regret if my comments have offended anyone.” IF?! That’s not an apology. It’s a clumsy attempt to say “I’m sorry I got caught.”

Charles Rooney

Psychologist, Tucson

Writer doesn’t know deficit history

Re: the June 19 letter “Neither Clinton can be trusted with money.”

The kindest thing I can say about the letter on the Clintons’ personal spending is that it is illogical, uninformed, and typical of the mentality of the United States of Amnesia.

No one should be allowed to express an opinion on such questions who cannot answer a simple question: Who was president when the USA last had a balanced budget? When you’ve looked that up, you might also research the linked topics of Ronald Reagan, David Stockman and the tactic of deliberately running up deficits to constrain social spending.

Then go on to Grover Norquist and “starve the beast.” Republicans have tried to spook us all on deficits, debts, Social Security failing, etc. for as long as I can remember (about 65 years). It’s all hypocritical disinformation.

Reagan at one point was on course to run up a deficit bigger than all previous presidents put together, though he didn’t quite achieve it.

Herbert Schneidau

Retired, Tucson

Immigration crisis on Congress’ hands

Re: the June 17 letter, “Obama to blame in migrant crisis.”

The author left me with many questions. I’d like to ask her when President Obama declared our borders open and issued his own amnesty policy without consulting Congress?

The last I’d heard, the president has to consult Congress before doing anything like that. I think that is taught in our high school government classes, so she should know. Simply put, the president doesn’t have that power.

Furthermore, Obama is being attacked by progressives/liberals because his administration has deported more illegal immigrants than any president, and that includes George W. Bush.

Some liberals feel Obama should be allowing all these people to stay here until a federal immigration policy is passed by Congress. See, Congress has to pass an immigration bill to deal with this problem, the president can’t do it on his own.

Quote: “The blame for this invasion lies squarely...” where? With the president or with the Congress? Whoever passes the laws takes the blame.

Ron Whiteman

Retired military, high school teacher, Tucson

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