In The Washington Times editorial “When cops play soldier” (Web, Aug. 15) the writer proclaims, “[P]olice departments don’t need the arms of an army.” This sweeping statement comes as a reaction to events in Ferguson, Mo., but ignores the truths about violent crime in the United States.
The Obama administration is crowing over an agreement that will force the Bank of America to pay nearly $17 billion to end lawsuits related to deficient home loans and mortgage-backed securities sold prior to the 2008 financial crisis (“Bank of America reaches $17B settlement with U.S.,” Web, Aug. 20).
It is regrettable that The Washington Times chose to include so early on in its article on the Senate Intelligence Committee’s bipartisan and comprehensive CIA Torture Report Jose Rodriguez Jr., one of the most outspoken torture proponents, without also mentioning that Mr. Rodriguez was the CIA official who ordered the destruction of videotapes showing CIA torture (“Senate torture report didn’t interview responsible CIA officers,” Web, Aug. 25). Mr. Rodriguez, for one, should let the facts in the report speak for themselves and show the American people what was done in their name.
Let us assume for the sake of argument that Burger King is acquiring Tim Hortons restaurants in a thinly veiled effort to skirt United States tax liability through a move to Canada (“Burger King plans expansion of Tim Hortons,” Web, Aug. 26).
As the Pentagon gears up to fight back against the Islamic State, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has warned that Islamists are capable of great terrorism — but the United States is no longer capable of waging two wars simultaneously.