- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 26, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen is critical of Scotland’s release of Libyan bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, but he should rack his brains to recall an incident that occurred some five months prior to the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 (“Encouraging terrorists,” Editorial, Tuesday). This was the downing of Iran Air Flight 655 by the USS Vincennes. The U.S. Navy warship was in Iranian territorial waters when it launched its surface-to-air missiles. All 290 civilians aboard the airliner died. The captain of the Vincennes, Capt. William C. Rogers III, was subsequently awarded the Legion of Merit by President George H.W. Bush.

YUGO KOVACH

Winterborne Houghton, Dorset, U.K.

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