- The Washington Times - Monday, September 29, 2003

False start for the Redskins

In your story “Late mistakes add to growing pile of penalties” (Sports, yesterday), the writers said that Redskins coach Steve Spurrier’s attempt to reduce certain kinds of penalties worked for the first 58 minutes of yesterday’s game. In fact, I’m sorry they could not have seen me just about tearing out my hair when the ‘Skins incurred a false-start penalty on the first play of the game.

I think one of their most experienced players, a team leader, Jon Jansen, was the perpetrator. That play set the stage for the rest of the game to induce as much nail-biting as in the previous three.



RICHARD LETAW

Vienna

Let’s play hardball

A lot of us know Lawrence Kudlow (“Hands off … or hardball with Beijing?” Commentary, Thursday) to be good and professional enough an economist that it comes as a surprise that he would minimize American manufacturing, a sector central to the strength of our economy and its prospects for future growth. American manufacturers, the nearly 15 million men and women they employ, the families and thousands of communities their wages and taxes support, and all the other economic sectors and workers that benefit from manufacturing activity can hardly be dismissed fairly as “selfish … political interest groups.”

As President Bush has said, a healthy manufacturing sector is critical to both our economic and national security.

So, yes, the National Association of Manufacturers has urged the administration to engage foreign countries, including China and other Asian nations, on currency matters in the interest of making U.S. goods more competitive in the global marketplace, and we welcome administration efforts to do so. We would add that failing to demand a level playing field from trading partners abroad will only fan smoldering embers of protectionism here at home and further jeopardize a durably prosperous future for America and its manufacturing sector.

MICHAEL BAROODY

Executive vice president

National Association of Manufacturers

Washington

Following Clark

In the piece “Tracing Clark’s military map” (Commentary, Sept. 19), Jack Kelly starts by stating the obvious: “Gen. Clark is a brilliant man, and a brave one,” noting that retired Gen. Wesley Clark was a Rhodes scholar and a highly decorated Vietnam veteran. Mr. Kelly accurately traces the beginning of Mr. Clark’s career, noting the high respect for Mr. Clark held by those of us who taught him, then later with him, at West Point.

Then the map is traced through a couple of adverse comments about Mr. Clark by “anonymous” people who worked with him in yesteryear. No matter what, over the past few weeks, many articles have been published citing by name such great soldiers as Gen. Barry McCaffrey, Gen. Bob Scales and Col. Doug Macgregor extolling Mr. Clark’s professionalism, character and high personal values. Watch; there will be many more soon.

Mr. Kelly’s map of Mr. Clark’s career implicitly assumes that the U.S. Army is full of stupid senior officers. I mean the officers who over Mr. Clark’s 34 years of service consistently wrote reports about his performance as a leader so favorable that he was always promoted by boards of officers (who often reviewed his complete record) ahead of his contemporaries and assigned to command our troops in positions of increasingly high trust and responsibility.

Mr. Kelly’s incorrect tracing of Mr. Clark’s military map is then supposed to lead us through Mr. Clark as the senior U.S. commander in Europe, then commander of NATO, mishandling the war in Kosovo. Wait a minute; didn’t we win that war?

The article ends with an accounting that former Defense Secretary William S. Cohen and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Henry Shelton were so upset with Mr. Clark that they snubbed him by not attending his retirement ceremony. They should have been; both tried to micromanage Mr. Clark’s command of the Kosovo campaign and ran into a professional officer who would obey lawful orders but was not a yes man. He told it like it was to them. They didn’t like it. Tough. Why isn’t one of them going to be our next president?

BILL TAYLOR

Bethesda

Bias-free, please

I was happy to read that the State Department is finally going after the Korean school system for its anti-Americanism (“U.S. sees bias in S. Korea textbooks,” Page 1, yesterday). I taught for three years in Taegu, South Korea, with the English Program in Korea (EPIK), a government-sponsored program that placed native speakers into the Korean middle and high schools. It was disgusting how the Korean Ministry of Education, with its textbooks and teachers, would teach young South Koreans to hate America. The following are just a few of the things that Korean youngsters were taught: Americans encouraged Japan to take over Korea; Americans did not liberate Koreans from the Japanese; Americans split Korea into two countries; Americans started the Korean War, not North Korea; the South Koreans themselves repelled the North Koreans. It goes on and on, but the pattern is the same: Americans are to blame for all of South Korea’s problems.

While I was teaching in Taegu, a Korean Air flight crashed before landing at the Guam airport. The teachers told the students the United States was to blame. When the economy crashed, they taught the students that Americans were jealous of the Korean economy and were trying to keep the Koreans “younger brothers.” When the Korean speed skater was disqualified during the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics and Anton Apollo Ohno won the gold, it was said that Americans had stolen Korea’s gold medal. This anti-Americanism started long before two soldiers accidentally ran over two South Korean schoolgirls last year.

It is not difficult to find the root cause of South Korean youngsters’ hatred of America. They literally are taught from day one in the South Korean school system to hate America. The leftists have taken over the universities, the school system and the broadcast media. It is almost impossible for those South Koreans who are pro-American to get their message across because of strong-arm tactics by the leftists. These leftists know the Korean Confucian culture, with its emphasis on group conformity in thinking and behavior, all too well.

Numerous Americans in Korea, including myself, complained to the American Embassy in Seoul about the indoctrination of South Koreans in the school system and in the media to hate the United States. I’m glad the State Department is finally taking action.

JOHN MCNEILL

Fairfax Station is so 100 percent right that I don’t know why it isn’t obvious to everyone. How can amending the Constitution impress unelected judges, who routinely, and with impunity, ignore the Constitution?

It is evident that judges feel free to interfere with every aspect of American life in total disregard for the will of the people. As with all other scofflaws, the judges can do whatever they want as long as nobody stops them. Congress is not stopping this perversion of democracy. Consequently, government is no longer by or for the people, but by the judges for their social agendas.

Before a marriage amendment would be worth the paper it would be printed on, the oft-mentioned but rarely used constitutional checks and balances would have to be restored, including the obligation of Congress to address the excesses of the judiciary.

Congress, which reacted with lightning speed to reverse a judicial ruling on the “do-not-call” list, has its work cut out for it.

ELIZABETH NOTTRODT

Baltimore

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