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Cherry-picking ‘legal scholars’

Where were the Democrats’ distinguished legal scholars when President Obama betrayed Ukraine? Mr. Obama asked Vladimir Putin for “space” in the run-up to the 2012 elections, with assurance of resolving “missile defense” issues. In March 2013, Mr. Obama obligingly cancelled the final phase of the European Missile Defense System, and then sat on his hands when Russia annexed Ukraine in February and March 2014. Yet the phrases “bribery,” “abuse of authority,” “inviting foreign intervention,” “quid pro quo,” “withholding lethal military aid,” “undermining national security” and “treason” never came up.

Stop ‘corpocracy’

Recently learning how controls over capitalist systems and markets have made some European nations more competitive, accessible and free — thus further favoring consumers and workers — than North America has left me seeing how we, the latter, are increasingly under corpocratic rule (“Andrew Yang on impeachment: ‘This is going to be a loser,’” Web, Dec. 5).

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Churchill comparison not fair

I've starting thinking of Andrew Napolitano as prosecutor, jury and hangman Napolitano. He's no longer the fair-minded judge of the president that he was at the beginning of Donald Trump's term in office. (I would never have accused him of being a supporter, but he seemed fair at one time.)

Trump tried to sniff out corruption

How ironic — the day Andrew P. Napolitano's op-ed ("Would Roosevelt have made a Trumpian demand with a world leader?" Web, Nov. 6) which basically accuses President Trump of a crime, is printed in The Times, the front page leads with the headline, "Legal scholars see no 'quid pro quo' crime." In reading these two pieces one can plainly see just how politically partisan this entire episode is.

Good, free and ongoing infeasible

While there is some serious question about how we would pay for the Elizabeth Warren-proposed "Medicare for All" plan, another weakness in Ms. Warren's plan should be self-evident. With no additional charges for medical-care usage, the number of individuals who previously chose or were forced by financial circumstances to avoid medical care will now be few in number. There will be an influx of such individuals into the current available medical facilities.

Left yearns for President Pence?

Donald Trump is the duly elected president of the United States. Elections are a process with winners and losers. If you don't like the outcome, you have the next election to offer your platform. That's what elections are all about.

Nats 'drought' not so long

While the Washington Nationals deserve tremendous credit for their amazing run to this year's World Series championship, this was not "the city's first [title] since 1924 — ending a 95-year drought" ("View from the top: Nationals deliver jubilant city a dream come true," Web, Oct. 31).

No basis for impeachment

What is constitutional impeachment? Where and when did it originate? When is impeachment to be used and under what circumstances? If you've wondered any of this, I recommend "Impeachment: The Constitutional Problems" by Raoul Berger. The U.S. Constitution states a president may be impeached for bribery, treason, and high crimes and misdemeanors. Bribery and treason need little explanation. The debate comes when one attempts to define high crimes and misdemeanors.

Thank you, Trump

I want to thank President Trump for igniting the economy to help so many people who want to work but who were previously unable to find jobs.

Trump not like Nixon, Clinton

Democrats are trying to point out supposed double standards at play in the GOP by pointing out that the Republicans changed the rules during the Benghazi closed-door hearings — hence why the Democrats want closed-door impeachment hearings now. But you can't compare the impeachment of a sitting president to the Benghazi closed-door hearings.

Just more of the same

As the 2020 election approaches, the cold war started by the Democrats two years ago has been ramped up to prevent the re-election of President Trump. The "whistleblower" report is essentially just a continuation of the second Steele opposition-research dossier.

Enough is enough

Since the day of his inauguration, President Trump has been the target of impeachment attempts by the Democrats. This clearly demonstrates that the left sees impeachment as a political weapon rather than as a way to protect our country from a rogue president, which is what it was designed to be. First came the manufactured Russia-collusion allegations, which consumed our politics, media and money for nearly three years and greatly inhibited our president from doing his job. Now we have the phone-call allegations.

Extremist history revision

The Washington Post obituary for Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi identified the nefarious, Iraqi-born leader of the Islamic State (the one who ordered the rape, torture and murder of thousands, and who directed the bulldozing and destruction of dozens of religious sites and artifacts between June, 2014, and February, 2015) as an "austere religious scholar." I'm curious — in the interests of intellectual honesty, will The Post revise its historical record to pronounce 20th-century Nazi book burners "rigorous literary critics"?

Congress running roughshod

I'm a 74-year-old retiree and lifelong independent voter. As I watch and read about the ongoing impeachment proceedings against President Trump, I get more and more heartsick about the way Congress is behaving.

Ouster attempt unpatriotic, period

Why does everyone who testifies before the House impeachment committees offer paeans to their own patriotism ("Army lieutenant colonel to testify in Trump impeachment inquiry," Web, Oct. 28)? Does anyone really doubt that a career army officer "defend[s] OUR country" (we apparently need the capital letters to get the message) or whether a career diplomat has "dedicated [his] life to serving U.S. interests"?

Left doesn't care about security

Last weekend I watched a news clip of Sen. Amy Klobuchar say what a good thing it was that we got Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi — and then go on to lambaste President Trump and his foreign policy. Ms. Klobuchar failed to mention that it is Democrats like her that keep Mr. Trump from implementing any policy. He cannot get the backing he needs from Democrats because they want all the credit.

A victory -- but work remains

While the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghadadi may have been a significant blow to that terrorist organization, the group is still alive and operating in 19 nations with its dedicated agenda. With new leadership it will continue to be a deadly threat to not only the countries of the Middle East but also U.S. interests worldwide.

Ouster try nothing but revenge

Our current society is the prime example of self-destruction, as predicted by late Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, who is rumored to have said: "We do not have to invade the United States. We will destroy you from within."

Turks open to peace on Cyprus

Rep. Gus Bilirakis' op-ed ("What the Turkish settlement of Varosha would make clear," Web, Oct. 22) distorts facts. Mr. Bilirakis needs to learn more about the substance of the Cyprus issue.