U.S. should stop aiding Egypt's military
The Egyptian military has seized all levers of power, turned the presidency into an impotent figurehead and thereby frustrated the desire of the Egyptian people for a more democratic government.
The U.S. State Department expressed "concern" but made no mention of cutting off billions of dollars in military and economic aid to the regime. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., however, stated, "I would not want to see the U.S. government write checks for contracts with Egypt's military under present uncertain circumstances."
When Leahy expressed similar concerns in March over previous anti-democratic actions by the Egyptian military, the Obama administration dismissed them on the grounds that U.S. security interests would be harmed, along with American weapons manufacturers, if we were to stop sending money.
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That official position means, in effect, that unless the ruthless military regime continues to rule Egypt through repression, violence and fraud, the national security of the United States would be endangered. I was never aware that democracy in Egypt would threaten my security.
If Washington continues to send money to the Egyptian regime after its democracy-destroying actions, it will be clear that America's sanctimonious pronouncements about "promoting democracy" in the Middle East are mere hypocritical pretenses. It will become clear that Washington's primary concern is to maintain military domination over the region and its oil reserves.
Geoffrey M. Young
GOP very convincing
The headline on a recent letter stated that Sen. Mitch McConnell couldn't pull the wool over our eyes. The fact is that Republicans have become quite adept at doing just that.
Look how easy it was for them to convince a lot of people that President Barack Obama was not born in Hawaii and was secretly a terrorist-loving Kenyan Muslim.
And that Medicare paying for visits to doctors to discuss living wills, something that every medical professional will tell is a good thing, was actually death panels that would pull the plug on Grandma.
And that a policy they had endorsed since the early 1990s — the individual mandate requiring people to purchase health insurance — was really socialism that would lead to the government forcing us to buy broccoli instead of "personal responsibility."
And that the state of the economy is entirely Obama's fault when McConnell has successfully filibustered nearly every piece of legislation Obama has attempted to pass.
And look how easy it was for them to convince a lot of people that even though the wealthy and corporations have seen their wealth and profits soar astronomically over the past 30 years while middle-class incomes have stagnated and produced anemic job growth, their solution is to give them more tax cuts and deregulation and somehow economic Nirvana will occur instead of the economic collapse we saw in 2008.
I think I shall plagiarize our previous president. Rarely is the question asked: Is our adults learning?
The June 8 Herald-Leader contained a front-page story about Democrat Tom Burch. He is the current chairman of the House Health and Welfare Committee, where all pro-life bills are put in the deep freeze.
This House "leadership" process assures such bills will never be cleared for votes in the full House, where most would fly through, if this charade were exposed.
Burch now says he was a "vulnerable child," which sounds like the 48,000 vulnerable innocents aborted by Serbian "doctor" Stojan Adasevic, who became a pro-lifer after he began having dreams of his victims. Burch claims sexual abuse but was once protected by a nun who suspected the perversion.
Perhaps, if Burch personally witnessed the baby shredding that occurs at the EMW abortion clinic, he would choose to protect these vulnerable children as he once was. Thus far, he probably hasn't had any dreams of the estimated 4,400 a year aborted Kentucky babies.
Dr. Patrick Schneider II
Cost and effect
Who really kept Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in office?
Out-of-state donors paid 66 percent of the $30.5 million raised by Walker to say whatever he liked, truth or not. (Out-of-state donors paid 26 percent of the $3.9 million raised by Tom Barrett, whose fund-raising amounts were limited by state law, to unseat him.)
Here are donations backing Walker:
■ $490,000 from Houston homebuilder Bob Perry.
■ $260,000 from David Humphreys, a member of the Kochs' million-dollar donor club.
■ $250,000 from Amway founder Dick DeVos of Michigan.
■ $250,000 from Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who with his wife has spent more than $25 million on the 2012 elections
■ $100,000 from Wyoming investor Foster Friess.
■ $100,000 from New York billionaire and hedge-fund trader Louis Bacon.
■ $100,000 from Dallas oil and gas billionaire Trevor Rees-Jones.
■ $6.5 million on ads by Americans for Prosperity, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, and the anti-labor Center for Union Facts
■ $4 million on ads by the Republican Governors Association's Right Direction Wisconsin PAC (only about $7,000 was raised in-state; the RGA got $1 million from David Koch in February and received $500,000 from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce).
To quote a character from Huxley's novel Brave New World, "Sixty-two thousand four hundred repetitions make one truth." Will disinformation also control Kentucky?
Why didn't details like this show up in an Associated Press article on the recall in the Herald-Leader? We'll have to draw our own conclusions, won't we?
Sara M. Porter
Put past in the past
Those who are teaching our young about the Holocaust and that it never should be forgotten should think twice ("Why we must never forget the Holocaust," May 13).
It is bad enough for those who lived during the crisis who cannot forget and would like to.
The younger Jewish and the Zionist believers of this day and age do not follow their own scriptures, The Torah, which is supposedly the first five books of the Old Testament. To be more explicit, Genesis 19:26 "But Lot's wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt."
The message here is obvious. It has been 67 years since the end of the Holocaust. Leave the past in the past. Of what value is it to discuss what has happened so long ago?
Have we really learned anything from all the terrible things we have done to one another, all the wars, all the conflict? It is still going on today.
There are people in other countries who are put in prison if they express their views of the Holocaust. Who really cares? Only those who choose to cling to the past.
History has its place, in the past where it belongs, in the books to be read and set aside. The history of mankind will never aid in bringing peace to the world. It is of no practical value. If you cannot see the truth in this, you will turn into a pillar of salt.