Bush was a psycho, too
Regarding "The psychos are back" ["Editorial, June 18]: The title says it in a nutshell: Those behind the Iraq invasion are psychos. Only psychos or the delusional could perpetrate a debacle and, without remorse, claim in 20/20 hindsight that they got it right.
Even by their own yardstick they failed miserably (the war would pay for itself, the war wouldn't last six months, etc.). And it's a sad commentary on the state of media that psychos are given a forum to engage in revisionism and not be asked tough questions.
Notably, George W. Bush was absent from the revisionist lie fest, but don't be lulled into thinking that he's any less psycho than the others. Revisionism is hard work—you have to keep the lies straight—and hard work seemingly is anathema to Bush. Consider that he couldn't be bothered to read presidential daily briefings warning of possible terrorist strikes within the U.S. and that a few weeks before sending troops into harm's way, he hadn't bothered to know the difference between Sunni, Shia and Kurd. Bush seemingly also hadn't bothered to read A World Transformed by his father and Brent Scowcroft. Had he done so, he might have had some inkling of what the consequences of invasion would be.
Dan Jacobs, Mira Mesa
The onslaught of fireworks
Regarding "Please do not explode fireworks over the animals" ["Sordid Tales," June 25]: Bad mojo, indeed. Thanks to Edwin Decker for his thoughtful piece about how animals at SeaWorld are impacted by fireworks. Imagine how awful it is to be bombarded with blasts and vibrations and having no way to escape the onslaught.
The orcas, dolphins, fish and other animals confined to cramped tanks at SeaWorld already have it bad enough without being subjected to the stress of fireworks. Dolphins navigate by echolocation— bouncing sonar waves off other objects to determine shape, density, distance and location. The reverberations from fireworks is confusing and maddening. SeaWorld management has proven time and again that spectacle trumps animal welfare. People who care about animals will never buy a ticket.
Jennifer O'Connor, PETA Foundation, Norfolk, Virginia
No more Mr. Nice guy
I concur with your June 25 editorial, "Mayor's populism is empty so far." My projection is that Mayor Gomer (Faulconer) will continue his middle-of-the-road course through the end of his current abbreviated term in hopes of garnering a prestigious second term. Provided Faulconer is reelected, I see an abrupt end to his Mr. Nice Guy charade, as those well-known, one-sided puppeteers will attempt to blindly return his elite "nonpartisan" position to the standards of ex-Mayor Sanders. After all, Faulconer is one of Jerry's Kids.
Byron B. Wishnek, La Mesa,
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