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October 7, 2004
Watching the presidential debate was a lot more fun and illuminating than I thought it would be. Now, I actually believe John Kerry when he says he would not have invaded Iraq. Kerry convinced me that he voted to authorize President George W. Bush to invade Iraq only if war was absolutely necessary. I just do not understand why Bush ever thought unilateral war was required to remove Saddam Hussein. Even though Hussein was a horrible dictator, he was contained and no threat to us. And our intelligence simply did not make a case for war, something most of our allies understood.
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NEWS
March 26, 2003
Hostilities in Iraq are "just" and "necessary," according to a statement released by Rep. David Dreier (R-La Crescenta). Dreier, chairman of the House Rules Committee, affirmed support of U.S. Armed Forces in Iraq and the duration of the time they could be there. "As the president said, this action may prove long and difficult," he said. "But its goal is just and necessary. With the support of our allies, we will move forward with decisive action to liberate the Iraqi people and once and for all rid the world of the threat Saddam has posed for far too long," Dreier added.
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By Tracey Laity | April 1, 2006
Chris Sambar has spent the past six months dealing with the toughest members of the military while in Iraq but now the returned reservist's greatest challenge is getting his 2-year-old daughter Ryn to listen to him. Lt. Cmdr. Chris Sambar, a graduate of Crescenta Valley High School and a Navy SEAL, was reunited with his family on March 24 after a six-month tour of duty in Iraq, where he was stationed at a military base 40 miles north of Baghdad. His 11-month-old son Elijah is too young to remember him but Ryn, who fell asleep every night to the sound of his father's tape-recorded voice reciting bedtime stories is confused by the presence of a 6½-foot giant in her home, Sambar said.
NEWS
June 23, 2004
Gary Moskowitz The night before her graduation from Hoover High School, Chanel Leyva got a long distance call from her boyfriend, who is stationed with the Marines in Iraq. Her boyfriend, Joe Martinez, called at 4:30 a.m. in Iraq to congratulate her and apologize for not being there Wednesday at Hoover's 2004 graduation ceremony. Leyva was among 551 seniors to wear a purple or white cap and gown and graduate from Hoover this year, officials said.
NEWS
October 7, 2004
In the first presidential debate, I was hoping to hear more about how we are going to win the peace in Iraq and get our men and women back home. But I also wanted to hear a clear idea of who's got a better plan for the future, and tonight we saw that the clear winner in the debate was John Kerry. I think John Kerry did a better job of laying out his plans for Iraq and for winning the war on terror. I was impressed by Kerry and very disappointed with President Bush.
NEWS
December 15, 2003
Jackson Bell American forces captured Saddam Hussein in a dirt hole near his Iraqi hometown Saturday evening, ending an eight-month search for the elusive dictator. Jailed in an undisclosed location, Hussein will be tried in Iraq for his alleged war crimes. The following people who were in downtown Glendale on Sunday afternoon commented on Saddam Hussein's capture: "I think it's great that they got him. It's another step for the United States toward getting stuff solved [in Iraq]
NEWS
October 7, 2005
How We got into Iraq With hundreds of billions on dollars going to Iraq, putting pressure on our national budget and costing over a thousand true patriots their lives, it was with a great re-awakening that I read a quote reminding me of how we got into Iraq. It also reminded me of how insane this country was to re-elect George Bush. I was reading a personal memoir by John Crawford about his infantry service in Iraq. ("The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell" Riverhead Books 2005)
NEWS
March 19, 2003
Ryan Carter With war in Iraq almost inevitable, people are voicing their opinions on pending military action and its aftermath. Folks downtown -- young and old -- voiced varying thoughts, from concern about the aftermath of war to complete support for the Bush administration. "It's hard. Why do I have to worry if I will ever have to see my cousin, who is in the Marines, ever again? I love America, but I feel like this military action is like someone coming to your house and saying, 'Get out.' It's all about money."
NEWS
October 1, 2004
Congress and the people of this nation were told we were in imminent danger of attack by Iraq's chemical and WMDs. Danger was so imminent we could not allow UN Inspections to complete or form a truly unified coalition against Iraq. The US, being strong of will and righteous in our quest, would go it alone against the looming forces of evil. So, Bush formed a weak/symbolic alliance, preemptively invaded Iraq, alienated the UN and significant multinational supporters, deeply divided our nation, depleted our budget surplus and created the largest budget deficit in our history; only to find there were no WMDs or imminent danger.
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By Sharon Weismann | February 5, 2007
Ken Artingstall ("Peace not as easy as protesters think," Mailbag, Thursday) must not be reading the same news I am. He thinks the U.S. military presence in Iraq is a stabilizing force. Same thing for the other 150-plus countries around the world where we have troops. Based on reports from soldiers and journalists, this is not the case. While Saddam Hussein was a brutal dictator, and few mourn his death, he did maintain a semblance of order. This is no longer the case in Iraq.
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