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Wednesday, April 2, 2003

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Gazette news: stick to the facts

Re: "Bush's Ratings game," Mar. 27

To the Editor:

I usually read The Gazette every day and look forward to the opinions written within, especially those relating to the current conflict in Iraq. While I don't often agree with them, they usually seem to be well thought out. However, after reading news editor Chris Webden's commentary article last week, I'm beginning to rethink how well thought out some of these Gazette opinions are. Webden's column showed a complete lack of understanding of international politics, and how the United States has found itself in its current situation.

Webden attempted to portray U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell as the man who came up with the plan for the current conflict in Iraq. Webden portrayed Powell as a man who would easily throw American troops into harm's way. This could not be further from the truth. Colin Powell, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has long been known as the "reluctant" warrior, a general who knows the human cost of sending troops into battle. Unlike his civilian bosses, he has seen the effects of war.

Powell has long advocated caution when placing U.S. troops in harm's way. Powell, it is widely believed, is the man who talked President Bush into taking the U.S. case to the United Nations. Ultimately, it was an unsuccessful argument, but that is more due to Bush and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, than Powell.

Perhaps if Webden had actually done some research he would find that the man most responsible for the current so-called "Bush doctrine" is Paul Wolfowitz, Deputy Secretary of Defense. It was Wolfowitz, along with current Vice-President Dick Cheney, who came up with the doctrine calling for a significant U.S. prescence in the Gulf region.

The war in Iraq is a serious issue, and this reader would expect The Gazette news editor to take some time to find out the real reasons for the U.S. attack on Iraq, rather than taking a simple, glib approach and having readers believe it was Colin Powell alone who advised the president to take action in Iraq.

Jordan Haylor
Special Undergraduate Student
Psychology

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