Letter: Where's Kissinger when we need one?

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In the "Cartoon Forum" in the Aug. 10 Record-Courier, I can see that little informed voters still don't understand how this country's laws approve a declaration of war. In the laws of this democratic republic, the president, in his opinion, feels the need to declare war and must get the approval of Congress. On the first vote on this approval (to send troops to Iraq), there weren't enough votes to do this, but some big people in Congress that did not vote for it, seeing the mood of the American voters for war, demanded a second vote so they could cast their vote for it.

The cartoon, "The Gift that Keeps on Giving," has a gift tag on the package, "Bush & Company's Iraq War." With the same thinking could we then say, of the Vietnam War as Johnson's War. Oh now, Johnson is a Democrat and Bush a Republican.

The cartoon on the editorial page shows poor Uncle Sam lamenting, "Just when I thought I got us out of Iraq, they pull me back in." Bush said he was planning to withdraw from Iraq in 2014, but I am sure that at that time he would have listened to his advisers, military and civilian, and then decided on action. Unlike Obama, with his inner circle of advisers.

Where are the likes of a Kissinger when we need one?

Thomas H. Fisher, Kent

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