Letters to the Editor

'The first casualty'

"Iraq strategy irritates Dems" (article Dec. 9), portrays President Bush as determined to maintain his war policy. Pathetically, a Democrat leader states, "Someone has to get the message to this man that there have to be significant changes."

There will be no changes, because on strategic occasions President Bush will remind the American people of the fact that nearly all the Democrats presently in Congress voted for the Iraq war resolution. He will remind us of this fact even after newly elected Democrats take their seats in January.

The issues that elected them -- economic justice, energy reform and withdrawal from Iraq -- will grow more pressing as our nation suffers. All this will result from the mistake our representatives made nearly four years ago: Forgetting that in planning for war, as in waging war, truth is the first casualty.

Tom Moradian

Fresno

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