Letters to editor

Open season on Americans

By From page A8 | June 07, 2014

I would like to thank President Barack Obama for his new strategy for dealing with terrorists, by establishing this new precedence of trading five major terrorists from Gitmo for one alleged deserter. No American GI or civilian is safe from kidnapping anywhere they might be.

  • What or who should we give up for innocent civilians?
  • Did Obama know in advance that the soldier may have walked away from his post on a quest to join the enemy?
  • Did Obama read about this one more alleged scandal in the media?

To our service men and women and those civilians doing good works throughout the world, I am truly sorry for the behavior of our president, who has put you in harm’s way along with the lock-step liberal supporters. How could he possibly look you in the eye, without guilt, is beyond me?

Do people really feel proud with their Obama stickers now?

Rod Keck


Letter to the Editor


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  • PornacJune 07, 2014 - 5:21 am

    No American GI or civilian is worthy of a prisoner swap. That's just not how it's done. Arms, missiles, money maybe! But not a prisoner we don't want to get rid of.

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  • Mike KirchubelJune 07, 2014 - 6:20 am

    Ronald Reagan gave weapons to our enemy for American prisoners and Obama traded 5 old guys. I'm with Pornac on this one.

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  • MikeJune 07, 2014 - 6:27 am

    U S servicemen and women have constantly been cautioned about being aware of their surroundings "off base", they wear civilian clothing and go out with buddies. This isn't new. There are evil people in every host country, who don't agree with anything the U S does.

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  • CD BrooksJune 07, 2014 - 6:53 am

    Mr. Keck and FOX. Two very good sources for information that beg for substantiation. So far there is none. A quick check at Snopes.com will verify the facts as they know them up to this point.

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  • JagJune 07, 2014 - 7:23 pm

    Hey CD did you agree with the 5 for 1 swap? and if you did ok, would you change your mind if it came out he laid his gear down and went to the other side?

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  • CD BrooksJune 07, 2014 - 7:34 pm

    Jag, I don't agree or disagree with the swap. I know nothing about it and the specifics will come out eventually. Soldiers are committing suicide over there. I have never been in a war but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't like it. Would I run? I don't know. If he ran he must have had his reasons and I don't have any desire to judge him. No it wouldn't change my mind.

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  • JagJune 07, 2014 - 7:47 pm

    very reasonable answer and I understand your position Thank you

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  • DanielJune 07, 2014 - 7:41 am

    How about CNN and his fellow troops, credible source for real news or do you only trust Obama?

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  • rlw895June 07, 2014 - 7:50 am


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  • rlw895June 07, 2014 - 7:53 am

    Now, what part of this letter is from CNN?

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  • rlw895June 07, 2014 - 7:52 am

    I count five rhetorical questions in this short letter. The hallmark of misdirection.

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  • rlw895June 07, 2014 - 7:59 am

    I'm sure the president is sleeping very well after this decision. He's already moved on, as he should. There is A LOT about this story we don't know and there's a lot more we will not know until we see how it plays out. The only people who can't be patient are those anti-Obamaites who want to score cheap political points while they think they can.

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  • Mr. SmithJune 07, 2014 - 2:55 pm

    Rlw: For the record, are you proud of the way Obama handled the Bergdahl repatriation--specifically, the Rose Garden ceremony and strolling arm-in-arm with them (arm around waist of the Mrs.) to the podium. The President smilingly nodding approval while the Mr., complete with Muslim beard, spoke in the Pashtun language while the whole world watched? Proud, rlw? Yes, or no?

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  • rlw895June 07, 2014 - 3:45 pm

    I didn't watch. It doesn't particularly bother me.

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  • Mr. SmithJune 07, 2014 - 4:14 pm

    Second try to post. Rlw: I'm sure you can still catch the ceremony on Youtube. And I'm sure you won't do it. Not surprising. I'll take your response as a "yes."

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  • rlw895June 07, 2014 - 7:04 pm

    Not a yes or no question. Have you stopped beating your wife? Yes or no.

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  • Mr. SmithJune 07, 2014 - 8:52 pm

    Ha, ha, ha! Rlw, you have never met a yes or no question that you could answer with a simple yes or no. Our president is floundering in his final months in office and I know it must be painful for you and your homies. I find it painful to watch also.

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  • rlw895June 07, 2014 - 10:23 pm

    Keep trying. But in this case, I'm neither proud nor not proud, if by "not proud" you mean disgraced, as you seem to feel.

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  • LarryJune 07, 2014 - 8:50 am

    Rod Keck you are a abscess person towards your hatred of our President. Your comments continue to be political as usual. My question to you and people who have your same far right views, has this solder been charged for alleged desertion? has he been convicted by a military court of desertion? The answer is no, so why are you calling him a deserter? What you and others should be concern about is the homegrown terrorists. In conclusion it is not the Liberal's that is destroying this country, it is the far right abscess I know everything, my way or the highway Republican's who are destroying this country. You need to look in the mirrow.

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  • Teach5thJune 07, 2014 - 10:08 am

    I've heard a couple of different opinions as to why Obama and his crew wanted Bergdahl released. From Obama and friends --- 1) his health was in grave danger; 2) the "captors" were going to kill him if they didn't get the 5 specific guys out right now. On FOX and CNN -- 1) the release might have happened to help Obama with vets after the horrible VA scandal; and 2) it was a way of starting the closing of Guantanamo as Obama promised. Personally, just like I think Obamacare was put in place to ruin our healthcare system so much that single payer would eventually be the only way out (as many libs wanted in the first place), maybe releasing 5 to get 1 deserter was a way to fulfill the promise of closing Gitmo. The problem with Obama and friends is you never get a straight story. As with Benghazzi, it was a video . . . No really - it was a video that caused it! Get Susan Rice and have her go out on Sun. news programs and sell that lie. Now, with Bergdahl, he was really, really sick -- no, really, we wanted to get him out because he was really, really sick! No? O.k., they were going to kill him - that young man who served so honorably that he wrote a note about how he hated America and then left his post. We've got to give 5 really, really bad guys to get this one guy 'cuz we never leave a soldier behind. Quick - what's Susan doing tomorrow morning? We've got another version to sell. But you'll have to wait until tomorrow to find out what it is. Ooooo - I can hardly wait!

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  • CD BrooksJune 07, 2014 - 12:45 pm

    Teach5th, you just keep pouring on the crap don't you! There is no evidence the man deserted, zero. FOX along with a “private intelligence firm owned by Duane Clarridge, a former CIA agent best known for his indictment for lying during the Iran-Contra scandal” are complicit in providing information that might well be misinterpreted. Go figure right? Let’s remember we’re talking about a prisoner of war here. A guy that has been held captive for five years, think about the psychological impact that might have on anyone. Maybe for once, you all could take a breather on bogus scandals and beating people up unnecessarily.

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  • Teach5thJune 07, 2014 - 2:09 pm

    CD - have you not heard the men serving with Bergdahl saying he walked off leaving his gun behind. Is this another instance like Hillary reported . . . It was only a guy ought for a stroll one night ( looking for the Taliban - as reported by the guys who went to look for him). He happened to be caught and was held "captive". I wonder how often John McCain got to play soccer with his captors! H-m-m-m ---But, once again, nothing will convince CD that Obama and his minions were/still are inept. What did you do for a living, CD? I'm really interested in what people got away with when working with you.

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  • CD BrooksJune 07, 2014 - 6:51 pm

    Teach5th, there is speculation, no evidence. That's the problem with you folks, you are so anxious to trash somebody you just dive in. Pathetic. I don't know what the heck what I did for a living has to do with this but since you asked, those folks had the benefit of my knowledge and skill plus I always bought breakfast and/or lunch! Life has been good for me and I have paid it forward often. Still do in my retirement.

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  • Teach5thJune 07, 2014 - 8:23 pm

    So, you know I'm a teacher, but you can't share how you made your way through life. H-m-m-m you paid for your co-workers' lbreakfast and lunch. I'm stumped as to why someone who is so vocal about other people's differences of opinion, but can 't share how you made a living. You didn't run the roach coach outside Fairfield High, did you?

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  • The SugarJarJune 07, 2014 - 8:54 pm

    Hmmm, interesting trying to connect these"dots" in the logic of your thought process

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  • CD BrooksJune 07, 2014 - 10:08 pm

    Teach5th, do we really know you're a woman? A teacher? I have shared that I was a professional driver most of my life. Mostly route work but driving, it is how and why I developed my distaste for other drivers and their st*pidity. I have no idea why that is so important? I offer information that counters the misinformed and often lying that goes on here. Expressing an opinion is one thing. Offering it as fact is entirely another and that is what so many here do. THAT is why I can be so confrontational.

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  • 2realJune 07, 2014 - 10:12 am

    Whats so bad about this decision? Hes only helping his friends and relatives? OBAMA BIN LADEN SUCKS!

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  • patrickJune 07, 2014 - 12:02 pm

    what happened to US policy of no negation with terrorists???? -----I GUESS THAT DOESN'T APPLY FOR MIGHTY MAN WITH THE PEN. and congress doesn't matter.

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  • mike kirchubelJune 07, 2014 - 7:12 pm

    Patrick, teach, Mr. S, and any other of you rising to the bait, would you rather that president Obama trade arms for the hostage or five old guys? I'm sure the terrorists would have traded this guy for a pile of weapons.

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  • JagJune 08, 2014 - 8:38 am

    I good with the 5 old guys and sense they like bombs so much we should of gave them 5 to go!!!

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  • patrickJune 08, 2014 - 1:21 pm

    what happened to US policy of no negation with terrorists? that was my question you didn't answer the question MIKE

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  • rlw895June 08, 2014 - 7:52 pm

    p: Is that rule in the Constitution or a federal law? No. It's a good thing to say, but it falls when an American life is at stake. It also depends on how you define "terrorist." Are Afghani Taliban fighters who never projected outside of Afghanistan terrorists? It's at least arguable they are not, at least to the foreign troops who were fighting them in Afghanistan. They might be terrorists to other Afghanis and not be terrorists to those they consider foreign invaders. I can live with that. As we pull out of Afghanistan, we should free all the Afghani prisoners we have unless we have the evidence to charge then with crimes. We didn't have such evidence against these five guys, so they were going home anyway.

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  • mike kirchubelJune 08, 2014 - 8:57 pm

    I asked a question that nobody answered.

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  • rlw895June 08, 2014 - 11:28 pm

    I think we would trade arms for hostages if we didn't a better option. Should we? I'd have to see the actual case.

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  • JagJune 07, 2014 - 12:02 pm

    Rod, I am in no way trying to support there president but remember Obama also pissed off Dian Feinstein with this little stunt so it is not really lock-step liberal supporters on this one,

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  • Danny BuntinJune 07, 2014 - 12:59 pm

    So, Diane Feinstein is a liberal now?

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  • JagJune 07, 2014 - 5:09 pm

    Are you kidding me with that question ?

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  • Danny BuntinJune 07, 2014 - 8:01 pm

    She is a conservative democrat.

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  • JagJune 07, 2014 - 9:23 pm

    Really? what makes he a conservative? would it be he vote on Obama care or her assault weapons ban vote,,,, maybe it her vote for in state tuition and welfare for illegals I guess if you sit so far to the left she is on your right but for us on the right NO she Is not with us,

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  • JagJune 07, 2014 - 9:37 pm


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  • Danny BuntinJune 07, 2014 - 11:13 pm

    @Jag: Cut/paste: "Feinstein supports the USA PATRIOT Act saying it helps the "protection of the American people." She supported the Bush tax cuts in 2001 and supported the GOP’s Medicare prescription-drug bill in 2003. She is also a supporter of capital punishment and was the main Democratic sponsor of the 2006 constitutional flag burning amendment." - Now to accuse me of being far left is funny. It is the right that has moved the goal posts the last 35 years.

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  • JagJune 08, 2014 - 8:32 am

    Wow I guess I am on the left, I was against the Medicare prescription-drug bill in 2003 as it was unpaid for but we do agree on the goal post but I think we have had to move them just within the past 5 years with little choice but sit tight come November we will start to move them back.

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  • Danny BuntinJune 08, 2014 - 12:58 pm

    I was against the medicare drug plan, not because it was unpaid for. Because it was a corporate giveaway with no negotiations allowed by the govt. The guy who championed the bill resigned right after it was signed into law, to become big pharmas top lobby dog.

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  • The SugarJarJune 07, 2014 - 8:20 pm

    PTSD, other mental illness or impairment--if one of the troops left his post, is "deserter" it? All the negative talk about an imperfect American soldier seems both premature and inappropriate.

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