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Peninsula readers' letters: Dec. 1
From Daily News Group readers Posted: 11/30/2011 06:44:38 PM PSTUpdated: 11/30/2011 11:31:24 PM PST
False reasons for war
Dear Editor: The president is authorized to use military force against those who perpetrated the Sept. 11 terrorist attack and countries that harbored those individuals. Well, here we are more than a decade later and there was an article in The Washington Post a week ago about U.S. officials anonymously saying that al-Qaida is now essentially dead.
There's only two leaders left in that entire region, they say. There is no more al-Qaida left in Afghanistan or Pakistan, according to the U.S. government. And yet, here we are engaged in extraordinarily broad military efforts, constantly escalating in numerous parts of the world.
There are six countries in which the U.S. is actively using drones -- Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Somalia, Libya and Yemen -- against groups that didn't even exist when 9/11 was perpetrated. Not only are we essentially going way beyond what we were supposed to be doing when Congress authorized military force, but we're also constantly manufacturing the causes of our war.
Ted Rudow III, MA
Palo Alto

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