TODAY’S LETTERS: Readers Respond to Petraeus, Newsroom Care Packages, Dead Iraq Soldiers, and Larry Craig

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By: E&P Staff

Readers wrote in this week about General Petraeus and the state of affairs in Iraq, two dead Iraq soldiers who had penned an op-ed for The New York Times, carepackages sent to embattled newsrooms as well Senator Larry Craig.



Petraeus and the ‘Long Pole’
Judging from his lack of fire in the belly during his sales pitch on Capitol Hill for more time to finish the job in Iraq, General Petraeus is not destined to be inducted into the pantheon of great military orators.

The occasion called for a leader in the MacArthur mode, confident, willing to challenge his president if need be, Instead, we got an uninspired commander echoing his commander’s weak, unpersuasive arguments.

Wes Pedersen
Chevy Chase, Md.


I thought one observation of the less than dynamic duo, Crocker and Petraeus, was right on target,”They remind me of the old Soviet generals who use to report the grain crop is good this year, knowing that it was a disaster, but afraid or unwilling to tell the truth.”

Everyone who comes into contact with Bush is slimed,think Colin Powel, and now Gen Petraeus.

Don Smith


Your article concerning this phony’s appearance before congress today is good.

I want to write and tell him that I consider him a “traitor” in that he served on high pay, ridiculous allowances, and didn’t give a shit about me and 432,000 cohorts who were BETRAYED on retired pay after we had done out time. Later, we are to lose our ‘EARNED’ life-time health care.

All troopers today enlisted or took a commission for; pay, travel, adventure, schooling, citizenship or high retirement. The pay is high and bonuses and allowances are unbelievable. In short we have a “mercenary” military today.

General Petraeus is one of the above. Add me to the list of seeing him as a traitor.

My wife of over 59 years who served with General George S. Patton’s Third Army Field Hospital as a captain nurse in France, Germany and Austria has had to share these BETRAYALS along with me. What honor?

W.D. Gray
Sumner, Ill.



Paper Sends ‘Care Packages’ to Embattled Newsrooms
It wasn’t just newspapers (corporate) that sent goodies to the Times Picayune. A number of members of the Society of Environmental Journalists bombarded the paper’s temporary work space with goodies they went out and collected themselves.

Ditto former TP employees, like Michelle Nicolosi of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, in cities around the country got their fellow employees to contribute to care packages. Snacks, clothes, toiletries, mugs, you name it.

It was one of the most amazing post-K things I witnessed.

Mark Schleifstein
The Times-Picayune
New Orleans La.

Two of Seven Soldiers Who Wrote ‘NYT’ Op-Ed Die in Iraq
?He was expected to survive after being flown to a military hospital in the United States.?

Obviously, you haven?t seen the articles about post-injury treatment.

Alex Hatcher


Will the Press Again Serve as ‘Surge Protectors’?

America is at the mall, at the ballpark, at Daytona.

This Iraq debacle will continue indefinitely…..unless there’s a national draft.

Then it will end, probably abruptly.

You know I’m right.

Pete McKnight



Hey, not all of us are “surge cowards” on the editorial page!

In fact, I was against invading Iraq ? in print ? in the late summer of
2002. Unfortunately, I’m “just” the editor of a suburban Dallas weekly, the entire group has less than 20K circ. But, I’ve been forthright about this stupidity from before the time it started.

Steve Snyder


I would like to “ditto” Richard Berman’s letter regarding “Will the Press Again Serve as ‘Surge Protectors’?”

I don’t understand why the press is stuck on this “is the surge working” question. That’s beside the point (and besides it’s a moot point as the administration will continue on its merry way in Iraq regardless). The point all along should have been “Should we be in Iraq in the first place?”

Also, why is the press using “surge” to describe what is an escalation? Is it because LBJ used escalation and we all know how that worked out?

There is one sure way to end our debacle in Iraq: re-institute the draft. That’s what got us out of Vietnam and that is what is necessary to get us out of Iraq. Only when all Americans share the pain will they realize what we’ve caused.


Ken Anderberg, Editor
Communications News



‘Idaho Statesman’ Editor and Reporter Defend Craig Probe
What I find most interesting about this whole Craig affair is that his colleagues have abandoned him not because he is now convicted of a misdemeanor, but because he’s homosexual.

How can a party that makes hate and discrimination part of its platform survive in 21st Century America?


Jay Reidy, PhD.
Pasadena, Calif.

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