TODAY'S LETTERS: Readers Still Talking About Scooter Libby and Length Of Iraq War

By: E&P Staff Readers had a lot to say this week about Scooter Libby dodging his jail sentence, questioned how long we really have been in Iraq and responded to coverageof John Edwards.

President Bush Allows Scooter Libby To Avoid Jail
As for me, when Scooter removed Cheney from his witness list at trial I was pretty sure the promise had been made. "No matter the outcome, you spend no time in prison, Scooter my boy". It seems I was right.

Norman Gutzmer

While commuting Mr. Libby's sentence was, in my view, a travesty of justice, Mr. Bush should, at the very least, do the same for the two Border Patrol Agents that were so wrongly prosecuted and convicted.

If Mr. Bush sometime later pardons Libby, as most believe he will do, he should also do the same for the two agents.

Louis Odom
Flat Rock, N.C.

The way the Commuter helped the Scooter is another sign that it's again morning in America. Watch the sun slowly rise on a shining city on a hill, a hill of steaming dung.

The Commuter doesn't need a legislative branch to pass more laws he has to ignore, or activist judges to hear cases and impose sentences he has to override. The heroic Commander has bigger fish to fry, like managing the Iraq occupation to a successful end and shepherding his beloved Grand Oil Party to dominance for decades to come.

Bill Dunn
Middleton, Wisc.

Paper Near Military Bases Calls for Iraq Pullout
Can I suggest that you update your "duration of Iraq war measurement?" We?ve been there longer than we were in the Second World War for almost a year.

The latest duration milestone is the Civil War. Iraq passed the Civil War in duration some months ago. The Civil War was almost exactly four years, from Fort Sumter in April 1861 to Appomattox in April 1865. There were some additional surrenders our West and at sea, but even they are mostly past by now. Using the standard measure, the Iraq War has exceeded the Civil War since March.

The next milestone, sometime before the election next year, will WWII and WWI combined.

Edward Furey

'Wash Post' and John Edwards' Hair: Do As I Say, Not As I Do (Or Is That 'Do?)

This short article about the Washington Post's coverage of John Edward's campaign was appreciated.

Do newspapers really think that the public is so stupid as not to notice that the Post was not reporting, but was instead playing politics?

Newspapers are screaming about subscriptions being down, but maybe the reason for poor market performance is that they are not providing a newsworthy product. They want to place the blame on the internet, or other media sources. Maybe they should look a little closer to home.

Any newspaper that provides good newsworthy pieces that inform, that are not just copies of articles from the wires, will find an avid readership.

Marianthe Leach
Houston, TX


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