Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. listens during a news conference on...

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. listens during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (March 28, 2012) Credit: AP

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has been blaming the Obama administration for Iraq going bad, saying we won the war there ["Obama weighs military options," News, June 13].

Strange, I recall that our soldiers were still being attacked and killed when we withdrew at the request of the Iraqi leader Nouri al-Maliki, who was installed during the Bush administration. Maliki has failed to make any compromise with the Sunni sect to secure peace, and the tension there has grown. That is not President Barack Obama's fault.

McCain also said we should have maintained troops in Iraq, as we do in Japan, South Korea, Germany and Bosnia. He doesn't seem to understand that when war ended in those places, our soldiers weren't being shot at. If we were to go back to Iraq, we would lose more of our countrymen.

Haven't we lost enough?

It's a terrible situation, but not one that should fall entirely on this country to resolve.

Clare Worthing, Wantagh

In 2002, Saddam Hussein obtained United Nations permission to sell Iraq's oil for euros instead of U.S. dollars. The United States invaded in 2003 under the pretext of Hussein having chemical and biological weapons. We lynched Hussein, installed a puppet regime in Baghdad, and now Iraq's oil is back on the world market but only purchasable with U.S. dollars.

The people of Iraq are tired of being ruled by a U.S. puppet regime, as was the case with Iran in 1979. They are trying to take their nation back.

The United States, intent on continuing the campaign of wars to force the world back into dependence on the U.S. dollar, cannot afford a single loss, and hence will have to re-invade and reconquer Iraq.

Joe Grifo, Holbrook


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