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Last evening while watching the candidates who are running for U. S. Senate I made up my mind who I am supporting. I was looking for precise, clear answers. I was looking for sincerity and boldness. I saw this and more in candidate Rob Portman. Rob Portman has my support. I trust him.

Mr. Fisher (and I say Mr. Fisher because of his lack of performance and his failure to stand strong for Ohioans, the trust he has broken. I do not feel that he should be called Lt. Governor) constantly repeated himself. It is clear that he does not have what it takes to lead and represent Ohioans.  Mr. Fisher refuses to take responsibility for the thousands and thousands of lost jobs, failing to stand up for Ohioans under the Strickland administration. Mr. Fisher wants to pass the buck and takes no blame himself. He insults me and my fellow Ohioans if he thinks that we are buying his excuses and explanations for this mess that he helped create.

I will vote for Rob Portman and I will encourage others to do so as well. I believe Rob Portman will stand strong and refuse to fold and give up under pressure. I believe Rob Portman will fight tirelessly for Ohioans and remain honest and true. I believe Rob Portman will get Ohioans back to work. I believe Rob Portman will return us back to a strong Ohio and make us proud that we have placed him in the Senate. Rob Portman is one of us. He has not forgotten where he comes from. He will stand up for Ohioans and fight big government. Rob Portman will not come back to us with excuses and failures. Ohio’s future, my future and my children’s future will be in his hands. I trust Rob Portman.

Brenda L. Mack, Canfield, Ohio

Terrorist Threat Has Roots in U.S. Policy

“While al-Qaeda continues to threaten America directly, it also inspires its affiliates and other groups and individuals who share its violent ideology…. Homegrown terrorists represent a new and changing facet of the terrorist threat. To be clear, by ‘homegrown,’ I mean terrorist operatives who are U.S. persons and who were radicalized in the
United States….”

With those words Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano updated Congress on America’s perilous condition. She wasn’t quite accurate, however.

It is not al-Qaeda that inspires affiliates and radicalizes homegrown terrorists. It is America’s violent policies in the Muslim world. Other government officials have acknowledged that Muslim radicals seek revenge for those policies in the Middle East, Africa, and Central Asia, but Napolitano perpetuates the myth that anti-American activity is unprovoked. The American people deserve to hear the truth.

Why won’t Napolitano acknowledge that the American empire provokes anti-Americanism? This isn’t rocket science. You bomb someone; they get mad and try to get even. Terrorism is the price paid for maintaining an empire. But the imperial masters apparently think it’s worth the price. They never suffer; on the contrary, they prosper when they can use the violence to justify further expansion of their power.

And so it goes on, like a perpetual-motion machine. Each act of the empire provokes a response that serves as a pretext for further imperial action. The battlefield is the world, and the “war on terror” can go on forever. Except for the dead, the maimed, the malnourished, and the taxpayers, it’s a sweet deal
all around.

That “terrorism” is really vengeance (wrongly exacted from civilians) for earlier crimes of the empire should come as no shock, though it undoubtedly will. Nevertheless, even the mainstream press has let us in on some relevant facts.

“In roughly a dozen countries — from the deserts of North Africa, to the mountains of Pakistan, to former Soviet republics crippled by ethnic and religious strife — the United States has significantly increased military and intelligence operations, pursuing the enemy using robotic drones and commando teams, paying contractors to spy and training local operatives to chase terrorists,” the New York Times reported last month.

“While the stealth war began in the Bush administration, it has expanded under President Obama, who rose to prominence in part for his early opposition to the invasion of Iraq. Virtually none of the newly aggressive steps undertaken by the United States government have been publicly acknowledged. In contrast with the troop buildup in Afghanistan, which came after months of robust debate, for example, the American military campaign in Yemen began without notice in December and has never been officially confirmed.”

In other words, America’s fraudulent peace President is using the paramilitary CIA to fight secret wars. They may be described as attacks on “the enemy,” but they inevitably kill innocents — while unfailingly recruiting new militants bent on revenge. In the U.S. government’s code book, “the enemy” is anyone who opposes a U.S. military presence in his country.

Sheldon Richman, Conway, Arkansas


story KUDOS

You did a great job on this article (“Waking Up, Speaking Up, Stepping Up,” DCP, Oct. 6-12, 2010). To be honest, it is one of the best we have had in a while. Though you took some shots at me for the Bush question, it was deserved. Good work!

Rob Scott, president and founder of
Dayton Tea Party, Inc., Dayton

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