To the editor:
In the Opinion Line on Monday, Sept. 19, someone called in saying that the Bush Administration gave us 9/11, an unjustifiable war, a policy of torture, a world financial collapse and a ruined economy. I beg to differ on all points.
Point No.1 - As to 9/11, it was Islamic terrorists that gave us 9/11. The Bush Administration had nothing to do with it. As a matter of fact, this same terrorist group tried to bring down the World Trade Center using a truck full of explosives during the Clinton Administration and they were not properly dealt with then. Clinton had a chance to take Bin Laden out and did not do so.
Point No. 2 - In my opinion, we had a perfect right to go into Afghanistan after bin Laden and al-Qaida since that is where the 9/11 plot was hatched and where they were hiding. As far as the invasion of Iraq, Saddam (Hussein) had agreed to certain requirements in the treaty he signed after being defeated in the first Gulf War and did not live up to these agreements. He was also allowing terrorist groups to train in Iraq using an airliner fuselage which we had aerial photos of and even found after we invaded Iraq. Injured al-Qaida members also went there for medical treatment. He was helping them.
Point No. 3 - As far as a policy of torture, I do not consider water boarding torture. No physical harm comes to someone who is water boarded. It just scares the "crap" out of them and we only did it to three of them. They are all just fine physically. In every conflict the United States had been in, our enemies have done far worse to many of their captives such as being beaten to death, finger nails being ripped out and have you forgotten those whom al-Qaida beheaded in front of the video cameras?
Point No. 4 - The financial collapse in the United States was mostly the result of the collapse of the housing market. Too many people were being given loans they could not pay back. Houses were overpriced because anyone could get a loan. Everyone was buying at inflated prices. Banks were bundling bad loans together and selling them to other banks and investors with many being backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. It was a dangerous situation. If I am correct, it was in 2004 that the Republicans in the House passed legislation to better regulate the activities of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac but could not get it passed in the Senate because of Democratic opposition and it did not become law. The Republicans were demonized by Barney Frank and others as being heartless and against the poor, not wanting them to be able to buy homes. Barney Frank even said that there was no problem with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac - that they were solvent and did not need to be regulated. He lied.
Since then, many people started to default on their loans, the bubble of inflated housing prices burst, and suddenly homes that were bought for $200K were worth $120K. Many folks owed more money on homes than they were worth, so even more people defaulted. Banks held titles to homes they couldn't sell. It affected the stock market. Everyone started cutting back. business began to lay off workers and the entire economy tanked.
Funny that the same people who lied before then said that more regulations were needed and put the blame on the ones who tried to add regulations in the past. So who really was at fault for the most part? It certainly wasn't Bush.
To those of you out there who can't see what is really going on: You are the ones who are living in a fantasy world.
Stephen E. Sellers