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Our futile effort

For three disastrous years, America's troops have fought and died in Iraq, averaging more than two American deaths for every day we've been there. President Bush's initial justification for the war ' WMDs ' has been utterly discredited. His attempts to tie 9/11 acts of terrorism to Saddam Hussein are baseless and deceptive.

Now, as Iraq spirals downward into bloody civil unrest, it is clear: Bush's doctrine of preemptive wars has absolutely not made America and the world safer. Quite the opposite.

Our president is hitting the road on yet another PR campaign, trying to drum up support for his failed policies and his bull-headed war-mongering. Instead, he and his advisors should be sweating out the details of an exit strategy ' a prompt one.

The presence of U.S. troops on Iraqi soil is clearly not a stabilizing one. It only fuels the insurgency. Iraq will have its best shot at true stability once our military presence is gone.

How many more American lives must be spent on this futile effort? Why isn't Congress clamoring for an exit strategy? One word: politics. The Republicans currently running Congress won't stand up to President Bush.

It is time they started. ' Tom Pentland, Gold Hill

South Pole Olympics?

A future story in the Mail Tribune: The Olympic Committee has reluctantly announced the need to relocate the next Winter Olympics from Nome, Alaska, to the South Pole due to a lack of ice and snow at its previous location. Fearing a lack of attendance at the South Pole, the president has announced the construction of the largest refrigerated building in the world to be constructed in Crawford, Texas, to house future Winter Olympic games.

In another story, the White House hails the 14th rejection of the Kyoto Treaty by the Senate while President Bush still claims the problem of global warming needs more study. ' Frank Hieber, Medford

Wasting taxes on war

As a member of the GOP, I find it quite disturbing that the powers that be in Washington are allowing the funding of the war in Iraq. The latest news is that the cost of the war could reach &

36;1 trillion. It seems to me that &

36;1 is too much.

Whatever happened to no taxation without representation? My best interests aren't being served in Iraq. I could not care less what happens there. That part of the world has been at war with each other for over 2,000 years. Let them figure things out. Let's think about what we could use &

36;1 trillion on right here in our own country.

We could improve the sub-standard medical coverage that Americans have. One trip to the emergency room could bankrupt a low-income family.

The &

36;1 trillion could be used to provide homes to the victims of Katrina who are still living in tents.

There is just so much more we could use this taxpayer money on instead of wasting it on a war that does not have anything to do the majority of Americans. Maybe we should just pack things up over there, cut our losses and bring our sailors and soldiers home. ' Jeff M. Peters, Medford

A wake-up call

Sen. Feingold has brought forth a resolution to censure the president for his illegal wiretapping. It's about time.

These abuses have gone on for too long; so long in fact that this administration feels that it does not need to hold itself accountable to the American people. That is a dangerous notion for the leaders of a country to have. This call for censure is not a call for impeachment, but rather a call to wake up. ' Danny Wells, Ashland