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If only Bernie has been joined in his opposition to Iraq invasion

To The Daily Sun,

In 2002, when the neo-conservatives in Washington were beating the drumbeats of war and urging George Bush to invade Iraq, then U.S. Rep. Bernie Sanders stood up on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to outline his opposition to the war.

His reasons for opposing the war included, among others, the likely destabilization of that part of the world and the laws of unintended consequences, as well as probable damage to counterterrorism efforts worldwide.

The resolution authorizing the war in Iraq passed both houses of Congress, with the great majority of Republicans voting in favor. The two lone Independents, Rep. Bernie Sanders and Senator Jeffords, both of Vermont, voted against the resolution.

After the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, the U.S.-led civilian government in Iraq, headed by Paul Bremer, banned the Baathist Party (primarily Sunni) and then disbanded the Iraqi Army (also primarily Sunni). These moves resulted in scores of outraged Sunni men with nowhere to go. Many of them were armed and had military training. Many joined the Sunni insurgents in Iraq, who eventually became al-Qaida in Iraq, then IS (Islamic State), then ISIS. They took over various territories in Iraq, then moved into Syria. They are now based primarily in Iraq and Syria, but as we all know, have moved into other parts of the world, where they rack havoc and horror.

Laws of unintended consequences? If only Bernie Sanders had been joined by Congress in his opposition to the war, the world would likely be a much safer place today.

When going to the polls in February 2016, I urge my fellow New Hampshire citizens to vote for someone who has shown the foresight and judgment to see past angry rhetoric and analyze situations in a measured and thoughtful way. Senator Sanders consistently follows his conscience, without influence from super-PACS, poll numbers or the vagaries of popular opinion. He is a leader in the truest sense of the word.

Ruth Larson
Alton

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People are sick of listening to candidates put each other down

To The Daily Sun,

We need to get NASA on the ball and speed up their plans to send humans to Mars. I have a funny feeling next year at this time Mr. Russ Wiles, Mr. Don Ewing, Mrs. Anne DeRose and the rest of their gang are going to want to volunteer to be the first to go. Not only will there most likely be another Democratic president but its going to be a woman. OMG!

For people who are so American, you hardly speak any English. Its more like jibberish. I could say its going to rain tomorrow and you would blame President Obama. I could say its going to be a long cold winter and it would be a liberals' fault. Democrats may not be doing the best job but let's not forget we're the ones who vote these people into office. If the political party that you're affiliated with and the candidate representing it is so fantastic why don't you spend less time blaming everyone else for this country's problems and focus on getting them elected? You only know how to write negatively. Instead of constantly bashing in your articles why don't you start educating instead?

So many people in this country don't vote because they are sick and tired of listening to these candidates putting each other down. You're doing the same. Why don't you teach people who may not know or who aren't quite sure themselves why you think this country would be better off with a Tea Party Candidate or what a "proper" Republican could do to make things better than they are? Doesn't it take votes to win an election? Wouldn't it make more sense to try to persuade people with positive ideas and visions of a better America. When I read your articles, I'm reminded of Statler and Waldorf, the two old men that sat in the balcony box in the Muppet Theater, heckling every aspect of the Muppet Show.

I don't think anyone wants to believe in negativity. And try not to use such big words when you write. We're not all as smart as you or are (don't) know it all(s).

Todd Welch
Tilton

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