Letters to the Editor

Letters: July 23

Foreign policy confuses military might, diplomacy

The most important weapon in the United States' arsenal is not a device; it is policy. Our inventory of military devices is second to none, but our policy is a boomerang that returns to haunt us.

Afghanistan poses no threat to the U.S. It has no military forces with which to invade America. It takes a champion propagandist to make people believe that this country constitutes a serious threat.

What would we do if Afghanistan invaded? We would fight ferociously. The people in Afghanistan are doing exactly what we would do if we were invaded. That does not make the Afghans "terrorists."

If the United States has a vital reason to invade and control Afghanistan, President Barack Obama's administration needs to make it known.

Permanent war is not compatible with democracy, and democracy is not compatible with preemptive wars against states that present no military threat.

The armed forces are designed to apply deadly force. We have adopted military diplomacy — the application of military force when diplomacy would be a better solution. A military invader who carries roses in one hand and a weapon in the other inspires neither awe nor admiration.

Madeleine Albright, a former secretary of state, once asked Gen. Colin Powell: "What's the point of having this superb military that you're always talking about if we can't use it?"

That feeble reasoning, along with the arrogance of the Bush administration, produced a boomerang policy that haunts us.

Jack Stevenson

Whitley City

Losing the war

For those who think the "war on drugs" (motto: "Now Sending a Second Trillion Dollars Down a Rat Hole") is still a good idea ask yourselves this: Do you think drug dealers want drugs to be legal, or illegal?

Mark Leaver Jr.


Scouts steadfast

Herald-Leader columnist Tom Eblen wrote about the Scouts in a June 23 column. He wrote about how he and his siblings rose to the rank of Eagle Scout and how his father was a Scout leader.

These are wonderful accomplishments of which he should feel very proud. However, he also wrote, "I have been disappointed with national Boy Scout leaders who decided a few years ago that Scouting's values also should include intolerance, homophobia and discrimination.

"I suspect that those attitudes will change in time as the Boys Scouts catch up with society ... ."

Eblen apparently doesn't care if Scout troops have gay leaders. Would you want your child exposed to this?

The Bible states: "Be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the spirit."

I hope the Boys Scouts of America never conform to the world in which we live today.

Bill Morton


What global warming?

South Carolina U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, once a staunch advocate of global warming legislation, has changed his opinion and no longer considers it a doomsday threat.

He said, "I think they've oversold this stuff, quite frankly. I think they've been alarmist and the science is in question."

This follows reports about the manipulation of global-warming data. Climate fraud is unraveling lie by lie. Claims that the islands of the South Pacific are sinking are reported to be false. The report of Himalayan glaciers forecasted to melt in 35 years may be another unsubstantiated whopper — the ice isn't melting away.

The truth is the claims of cataclysmic global warming induced by carbon dioxide are all lies.

George Tomaich


Calipari 'incentive' plan

It was good to hear University of Kentucky men's basketball coach John Calipari state his goals for the 2011 basketball team, as reported on television and in the Herald-Leader.

His first goal is to have six freshmen go to the National Basketball Association Draft in 2011.

Calipari has also stated that he probably could or would start five freshmen. And he has also indicated that he thought having five players go in the NBA draft was more important than winning the men's National Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament.

Players are now saying that Kentucky is the college to play ball for because they can go professional after a year.

That is good for the NBA, but it won't get Kentucky basketball back to the good old days.

UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart will tell us that the athletics department pays Calipari's salary and all other expenses. But Calipari is still working for the University of Kentucky, which is not owned by the athletics department.

Why not take money away from Calipari for not making it to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament?

The UK Athletics Association could donate this surplus to students who need help with free tutoring, books, etc.

David V. Willhoit


Big oil in charge

Some folks think that Rand Paul and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her husband, Todd, who has also worked for an oil company, must be joined at the hip.

Eye surgeon, my foot. Paul is a company man.

Big oil does and will control all politics for some time to come. With these types of lawmakers, large corporations have removed all laws regulating their actions.

Many stores and factories are gone and soon many vacation places will have to close because of oil spills and high gas prices. There is no need for a government that cannot govern.

The Tea Party seems to be an extension of the Republican Party. The Republicans are looking to get back in control. But no matter what happens the voter will have lost America anyway because it has been given to Halliburton; on contract, of course.

Floyd Beal


Go out, listen up

Am I the only one sick and tired of the size of things being compared to the number of football fields?

I went to a Speedway about three years ago and the power was out. My purchase cost $12.05. I gave the cashier a $10 bill, a $5 bill and a nickel. The poor girl was lost without an electronic device to figure the change.

Some thoughts on childhood obesity: When I was a kid, we played baseball in the spring, summer and fall (and sometimes in the winter).It was either on a true sandlot where the bases were set up more like a trapezoid than a diamond, or on city streets using manholes, cars, parking meters, etc. I used to drive around Long Island repairing copiers and would pass by many, many beautifully manicured ball fields. All empty.

We would have given anything to play on these things. Reckon the kids were home exercising their wrists on the joysticks or fingers on the keyboard.

Wake up, young people. Get outside and pay attention in school. The stuff they are teaching is not useless — you need it.

Billy Meringer