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September 22, 2013

PUBLIC FORUM: Letters from Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013

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Not even one photo was presented to Congress to verify his claim of WMD. And he was not able to get this photo with technology that could pick up a flea on the back of a camel from 20 miles up in space. But the Congressmen never the less gave him the necessary authority. Even Congressmen like Evan Bayh and Hillary Clinton just threw that authority on Bush II’s lap.

Let’s compare that to the Cuban Missile Crisis. Adlai Stevenson showed the actual pictures of the missiles to the UN. The world was on our side.

Not much needs to be said about World War II. FDR had the proof. It was our Navy ships sitting at the bottom of Pearl Harbor with many of our servicemen in those ships. That seemed proof enough for the American citizens and Congressmen.

Now President Obama asks this Congress for authority to stop the gassing of the Serbian citizens. Now these same Congressmen who gave Bush II their authority without question and without verification are questioning this president? They have seen the pictures. The inspectors have done their investigation and confirmed who carried out these atrocities. All of a sudden these Congressmen realize that their job is to question the executive office?

Just think, if they had done their job during the previous administration, we would have 6,000-plus young Americans still alive and many more with their hands, legs, eyes and other body parts still intact.

Let’s try this: The Congressmen that did have the common sense and good judgment to not give Bush II their authority to go to war should be the only Congressmen that should be allowed to vote on this request from the executive office.

Mike Smith

Galveston

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