Letter: War

July 7, 2014 

We were told that the reasons we went to war with Afghanistan and Iraq were to avenge the

attacks of 9/11 and for the possession by Iraq of weapons of mass destruction. Unfortunately, we now know that these two countries had nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks. Fifteen of the 19 terrorists were from Saudi Arabia. The others were from the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Lebanon - mostly U.S. allies. None were from Iraq or Afghanistan. No weapons of mass destruction were found. All accusations were lies.

But our commander in chief at the time, George W. Bush, along with Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, ignored these facts. Instead, they took the U.S. into two tragic, lengthy, costly and illegal wars.

As for Bowe Bergdahl, once in country, he must have been very confused as to just why U.S. forces were there at all. Perhaps he began to question, as all U.S. citizens should, when and why we go to war because these two wars should never have happened. It's now very clear that George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, not Bowe Bergdahl, need to be the center of our current discussions. After all, they are the real war criminals here.

Tim Quillin, Boise

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