Warmonger label doesn't fit

September 6, 2013 

How dare writer letter writer Joseph Reichert assume I am a warmonger? He doesn't know that much about me.

Why do some people think that if you are in the military or work for the military, you automatically support all wars?

Having been in the military or worked for the U.S. Air Force for more than 30 years, I have seen the ravages that wars have on people and property. I have also seen the happy people of Germany, England, South Korea, Greece and Japan, who are enjoying freedom today because America fought for it.

What I can't understand is how Reichert, with his antiwar philosophy, can possibly support President Obama. Isn't Obama the one who continues to escalate the fighting in Afghanistan when he could have easily pulled our troops out as he did in Iraq? And didn't he send aircraft into Libya to bomb Muslim people? And isn't he planning some sort of military campaign against Syria?

Perhaps Obama could hire Reichert to go to the Middle East to negotiate with the terrorists. Reichert is just another hypocritical liberal.

In Syria, since there are terrorists fighting on both sides, why not just arm both of them and let them kill each other?

I don't think Reichert's grandchildren, if they share his attitude, need worry about going to war. But I would encourage them to bone up on their Russian, Chinese or even some Muslim languages. They are going to need them.

Leon Anderson

Collinsville