Worthy Wartime Expense

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In "No Rest For a Cold Warrior" [October 1], Dick Wientzen stated that the sensors on the U-2 "are good at looking at differences between man-made and natural objects."

The next sentence states that this technology is used regularly over Iraq to detect improvised explosive devices placed along major roads. If this is so, why are soldiers and marines still being killed and maimed by these devices? Too expensive to keep them in the air, the government says. What value do they put on the life of a soldier or marine who dies or is maimed for the rest of his life? Maybe if we would spend more money on U-2s and less on contractors and politicians in Iraq, we could save the lives of a lot of troops. At the least, we would know where our money is being spent.

Edmund A. Roscoe

Ruff Creek, Pa.