Dear Editor:

Our war industry advocates are cranking up the propaganda machine to insist that we "stay the course." After 10 years in the Middle East, they say our military should continue the  sacrifice of lives and treasure there.

Dear Editor:
Our war industry advocates are cranking up the propaganda machine to insist that we "stay the course." After 10 years in the Middle East, they say our military should continue the  sacrifice of lives and treasure there.

Even retiring Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has pulled back from his remarks at West Point in March of this year: "... any future president who sends a large American military force into Asia, Africa, or the Middle East ought to have his head examined."

Those of us old enough to remember, (or concerned enough to study) the explanations for American involvement in war after war after war, know that our economy depends on war. It was World War II that finally pulled the nation out of the Great Depression, not some magic of the unregulated and so-called "free" market. The market is anything but free. It runs amok unless closely constrained. War is so important to the economy that we even borrow money to wage it!

We are a warlike culture and always have been. Native Americans can testify to that ... as can people in a dozen other cultures.  

The same people who were in charge as the current economic crisis developed ... are still in charge: Robert Rubin, Larry Summers, and Timothy Geithner ... their associates and apologists. Our president seems to be their hostage. "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me again, shame on ME!

The public debate now turns on whether or not Ciudad Juarez is an example of what we are all headed for.

Bill Sollner
Arma, KS