President Bush and the RNC are not honest in their attacks against Democrats. The Republicans want to show one-sentence snippets of Democrats' speeches, which could be pages long in their entirety. The snippets ignored the overall basic message of the Democrats at the time, which included a grave warning for this administration if it invaded Iraq too quickly and without proper supplies and personnel. The meaning changes dramatically when reading the whole position.
I would like to be as sanguine as Fouad Ajami about the future demise of the Bashar Assad regime in Syria ["Syria's Sopranos," November 7]. But condemnations by the United Nations, particularly when they have been toned down by an assortment of major players on the U.N. Security Council, will not translate into action, neither sanctions nor military. With Russia and China both having veto power in the Security Council, and with Arab nations and Third World supporters still having their say in the General Assembly, skillful maneuvering by Assad and his cronies will permit him to retain power and continue to support terrorism against Israel and our troops in Iraq.
Silver Spring, Md.
As an ardent Bush supporter, I am pained to say that the "clarity of vision" referred to by Mortimer Zuckerman in his editorial "Getting Back on Track" [November 7] seems to have become increasingly "cloudy." That President Bush has the courage to confront evil is not in question, but his methodology and priorities are problematic. Cleaning house is a step toward righting the ship, but only the president can articulate a change in course and an understanding that something has gone wrong. It will have to be one hell of a State of the Union address to accommodate that.
BERNARD G. ELLIKER
I would say to the dubious majority who mandated the president into a second term that he has not been "on track" since 9/11, when he personally declared war against Iraq. He has more to accept than "his share of responsibility for the hardball politics and cronyism" of his administration. How can you praise Bush's leadership and then suggest his putting "a new management team in the White House" ?
Barnegat Light, N.J.
" Different designs on life's origins" [Cross Country, November 21] reported that the Kansas State Board of Education voted to once again attempt to refute evolution by introducing into the curriculum the suggestion that the Earth and all its occupants were instead created by some mystical higher power. Whether they are endorsing creationism or intelligent design, I think their vote is sad. Schools used to be the arena for education. Inversely, the voters of Dover, Pa., have decided to progress to the future. All eight members of the school board that introduced intelligent design as an alternative to evolution in biology class were swept out of office by a landslide vote. Christian guru Pat Robertson has proclaimed that they have voted God out of their lives, and as a consequence, tragedies might befall them. Just think of that awful tsunami, the earthquake in Pakistan, Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma, and fires in California, to name a few. And they were before the pro-evolution vote. Just for practice, I guess.