U.S. needs better leadership of military
After 20 years in Afghanistan to ensure it would never again be the breeding ground and launching pad for terrorist attacks in the United States, we have surrendered to the Taliban. U.S. military and civilian leadership is bankrupt.
President Biden, Secretaries Blinken and Austin, as well as General Milley, are overseeing an ignominious withdrawal.
The incompetence of this group is evidenced by the withdrawal sequence, where our military preceded our civilians in abandoning Afghanistan. Meanwhile our military leaves behind all the weaponry and ammunition our enemy could desire.
Not one of the president’s team has accepted responsibility for humiliating the United States. When Biden says, “The buck stops here,” he is babbling a feel-good phrase so that we, the gullible public, think he knows what he has done and is willing to take the well-deserved criticism he is getting from America’s allies.
Since Vietnam, the U.S. military has produced the most capable soldiers in the world. Neither the North Vietnamese, Iraqis, the Taliban, nor al Qaeda defeated us tactically; all of them defeated us strategically. The leadership of our forces from colonel to private has been outstanding. However, the leadership from president down to one-star general has been abominable and undeserving of the fighting men and women they command.
We need to follow the model of President Lincoln firing McClellan and installing Grant, i.e., the United States needs to promote persons above the rank of lieutenant colonel by their ability to fight wars, not their ability to satisfy politicians.
Richard A. Evans
Political cartoon reveals liberal bias
You always accuse Republicans of hate speech. Well, your political cartoon in the Aug. 27 Gazette clearly shows your liberal rag demonstrates your corrupt thinking. How in good conscience spew this hate against Americans. Miss Trump yet? President Biden is a total failure.
John K. Opar
Presidents, governors don’t make the laws
Executive orders by the U.S. president and state governor should be resisted at every turn. You should defy them. Teach your children to defy them. It does not matter what political party is in charge.
Laws can only be made by the Legislature. They cannot be made by the president. They cannot be made by a judge.
Don’t forget that the president has limited power – he can only carry out what the law says. The same is true with a state governor.
The governor cannot make even one law. If the Legislature can’t get enough votes to approve a new law, the governor or president should be allowed to bypass the Legislature by making an executive order.
This country threw off a monarchy in 1776, and we hate having a king over us.
We presently have an increasing executive order threat that our founders would have stubbornly resisted. It threatens God-given liberty.
This threat will gain and succeed only if you let it. Just because an executive order comes from your party or you agree with it, don’t accept it. Our founders did not trust government, and you shouldn’t either. That’s part of being a patriot.
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