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At this point, George Bush 41 has no reason not to tell the truth

To The Daily Sun,

A mini bombshell dropped recently in the form of a book. "Destiny and Power: an intimate biography of George H. W. Bush" was written by John Meacham, based on rigorous research, hours of private interviews and extraordinary access to Bush's diaries and to his family.

This book exposes Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney as incredibly hawkish and close-minded. Cheney, the vice president under "W," was also Secretary of Defense under George H.W. Bush. Rumsfeld was Secretary of Defense for most of the two terms of Bush the Younger.

George H.W. Bush is quoted as saying the following of Cheney: "I don't know, he just became very hard-line and very different from the Dick Cheney I knew and worked with." "The reaction (to Sept. 11, 2001), what to do about the Middle East. Just iron-ass. His seeming knuckling under to the real hard-charging guys who want to flight about everything, use force to get our way in the Middle East."

Bush senior also believes Cheney acted independently of his son by creating his own national security team in his office and may have been influenced to become more conservative by his wife and daughter, Lynne and Liz Cheney.

On Rumsfeld, George H.W. Bush is even more critical.

At this point in his life Bush 41 has no ulterior motives to do otherwise than tell the truth about. Poppy Bush is also inadvertently protecting his son Jeb as "Young Son" runs for president. Most of Jeb's advisers are the same-old same-olds from George W. Bush's administration. "Poppy" Bush does not want history to repeat itself to his son's and our country's detriment.

Cheney and Rumsfeld did a great disservice to the president they worked for and, more importantly, to the United States. They were the ones primarily responsible for the disastrous foreign policy of George W. Bush. We are still paying the price for their willful ignorance and arrogance. We and the world are less safe as a result. George W. Bush was not strong enough (or smart enough?) to stop them in their tracks. It's been one of the best openly kept secrets that, for at least six years, Cheney ran the White House from behind the scenes.

Bernadette Loesch
Laconia

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If every there was cause to put boots on the ground, this is it

To The Daily Sun,

Sept. 11, 2001 commenced the longest streak of violations to humankind and dignity. Over time, many lives were lost senselessly to the powers of al-Qaida and ISIS. The most recent attack in Paris is inexcusable and demands answers as well as immediate response. This writer tends to be pacifist in nature, but just as in World War I and World War II, it is felt that the president of this country is leading us in the wrong direction. He fails to recognize that this is one time, men and women need to address these actions in order to conserve the greater public good in our country as required under the U.S. Constitution.

Given ISIS actions, there cannot be containment. They refuse to do this. There must be total removal of this scourge that permeates the world today. They will not negotiate except under their terms. How can one negotiate with such terrorism? It is most notable that rank-and-file Muslims are also against this group, hence their own lives are at stake.

We do not have radical Islam, we simply have a group who defines life as death and destruction, no matter who is hurt. This group does injustice to both Islam and Muslim faiths, both of which actually do promote peace and pacific- ism. This offense to human kind cannot continue.

Asking the states to provide refugee locations of advancing Syrians is unacceptable. As of this writing, 27 states are telling Obama this is not happening. The risk for these perpetrators to hide in these refugees is high. We cannot, and must not allow this to happen. Yes, at one time, the U.S. was the source of dreams of immigrants. Today, we are at capacity, we simply cannot handle any more.

Who funds these groups? Taxpayers who are maxed out. We have large numbers of illegals in this country, which we must resolve first. This latter will not be discussed in this letter. We have even more who have settled who await either employment or citizenship. Until these are resolved, we must declare total moratorium on all migrations of people. It is our right, as the citizens of this country to demand this, under the articles of the U.S. Constitution, to conserve our public health, safety, welfare, and the right to property given to U.S. citizens.

The above is not a popular position to many in the Democratic Party. However, the latter statement above is quite clear. The security of this country takes precedence over what another party wants. These ISIS members can hide in with these refugees. We have no capacity for these refugees. In short, our safety is paramount and not for those who wish to enter here. Europeans are halting the refugees for the same reasons, lack of capacity and security.

It is notable our own Governor Hassan has taken a stand that rankles her Democratic partners. She and Ayotte are quite clear that refugees cannot be brought here for both capacity and security reasons. Shaheen and Kuster need to do the same thing. So does Guinta. We need to not politicize this issue. We need to defend ourselves, and keep us safe. This is not a party issue and Democratic members need to understand this. And so does President Obama. Dreams must be put aside until things are safe once again.

If there was a cause to put boots on the ground, as much as we hate to expose young men and women to the atrocities of war, this is it. Fifty advisers does not cut the mustard. ISIS is a cancer that needs immediate removal. Air strikes and drones are part of the tools. Ground troops are another tool to use. We must respond, defend, and remove. There is a time and place for everything. Also remember, this was a war Obama inherited from George Bush, Jr. It is protracted and unnecessarily so. There are times peaceful means can be achieved, but with ISIS, peace can never be obtained.

Please write to your federal senators and representatives, as well as sate officials and our governor. We must close the doors to all immigration and refugees until things are well controlled here. Our Constitution dictates this is our right. We must demand this until all of us are safe.

Robert T. Joseph, Jr.

New Hampton

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