- The Washington Times - Saturday, October 6, 2007

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Tunnel vision on Iraq

Apparently presidential candidate Barack Obama stopped wearing the American flag lapel pin because it has become a symbol of support for the Iraq war. He had been wearing it since September 11, 2001.

Mr. Obama said, “I decided I won’t wear that pin on my chest. Instead, I’m going to try to tell the American people what I believe will make this country great …” (“Dropping his pin,” Inside Politics, Friday). This is an astounding statement from someone who aspires to lead this nation in wartime. Symbolically, he is protesting the Iraq war, but he does not comprehend that the war in Iraq has been won already. Iraq has become a mop-up operation in one theater of the global war declared against us by a fanatical religious cult hiding behind Islam. Mr. Obama is undoubtedly a patriot, but his tunnel vision is troubling. He should put that pin on his chest with pride.

ALI F. SEVIN

Fort Washington

Leggett’s flawed example

I am extremely disappointed that Montgomery County leadership has decided not to follow the example of Loudoun and Prince William counties and deny public services to illegal aliens (“Leggett touts aid by county to illegals,” Metro, yesterday).

I resent the fact that the taxes I and my family pay to Montgomery County are being used to provide public services to lawbreakers who broke into our country for their own economic gains and greed.

Illegals do not contribute to the county in any way and continue to be a burden and nuisance on law-abiding citizens in this county. So far, illegal aliens have caused overcrowding in residential neighborhoods and become a public and general nuisance.

They have overtaxed the school system and medical-care system as well as the public-service law enforcement system. They have a day-labor center that never should have been approved to operate here.

I urge the leadership and Montgomery County Council to put this issue on a ballot for the county residents to decide whether these illegals (criminals) should get any public services.

I say no public services should ever beprovided to any illegal aliens as they do not deserve it and have not earned it.

AL EISNER

Wheaton

GOP should not abandon principle

I look forward each Wednesday to reading Tony Blankley’s Op-Ed commentary. I am a big fan. His column this week, “Time for expediency,” was, in part, a disappointment.

He chides Republicans and the White House for opposing the SCHIP bill and conservative Republicans for opposing Rudy Giuliani. Mr. Blankley argues that because this two-pronged opposition will lead to a rout of Republicans in 2008, Republicans must hold their noses, shut down their brains and go along. He states, “When in minority opposition, a party must think about winning — not whining about unpopular principles.”

Mr. Blankley doesn’t argue against the facts that engender Republican opposition to the SCHIP bill, nor does he sugarcoat the lies and bribes being offered by Democratic congressional and presidential candidates. He simply tells Republicans to abandon their principle of opposing any inroad into socialized health care because such opposition is unpopular and because a national election is at hand.

What are you asking Republicans to do, Mr. Blankley? Stand for something only when it’s easy, when they don’t risk paying a heavy price? Read poll figures before deciding where they stand on important issues? Show no concern for how their votes impact future generations? Are you asking Republicans to do what Democrats do so well?

I believe that holding strong against the bloated SCHIP bill is the right thing to do no matter the outcome in 2008.

BOB BEAUREGARD

Alexandria

Magnets for illegals

Regarding the excellent editorial “Getting D.C. labor ready” (Sept. 29), the problem is that Washington is a “sanctuary city” — a city that condones violation of federal laws on illegal immigration.

Until now, the District has played a passive role. We don’t ask people we arrest whether they are legally present in the United States. When people apply for services, we ask them to prove they live in the District — not that they are legally in our country.

Now the city proposes to take an active role in defying federal law — creating an official day-labor site to match people who can’t legally work here with employers who can’t legally hire them.

I am sure Ward 5 D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. wants to solve a serious problem in his community. At first glance, it might seem reasonable that if constituents are complaining about disorders including public urination, drunkenness and sexual harassment, getting workers inside would solve such problems. Experience shows, however, that official day-labor sites act as magnets, drawing more undocumented workers.

The real answer lies in dismantling the sanctuary city. This begins with residents demanding that the owners of the properties in question order day laborers off their land. Police then can arrest those who loiter. The city can obtain training from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to enforce immigration law under the 287(g) program. Police then can verify the citizenship status of those they arrest and turn over to ICE the ones who are here illegally.

On Sept. 13, thanks to the efforts of Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Raymond Chandler and Defend DC, 25 District residents demonstrated against the official day-labor site before attending a Zoning Commission meeting.

WILLIAM BUCHANAN

Defend DC

Washington

Mrs. Clinton’s hypocrisy

It stands to reason that if a decision made by President Bush is political in nature, any decision to rescind it also must be political in nature (“Hillary vows to rescind stem-cell research ban,” Nation, yesterday).

This is, of course, in compliance with scientific laws: “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Mrs. Clinton is one of the most political figures in history. Trying to say she will not be political with science while at the same time threatening to reverse a Bush decision on stem-cell research that was labeled political is at the least hypocritical.

J.V. PRESOGNA

Portland, N.Y.


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