We’re misunderstood

Posted Friday, Sep. 13, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Maybe reporters should conduct some real research before attempting to explain the heart of the GOP (See: “GOP turns toward opposing Syria war,” Monday).

First, our mistrust of the president is not “visceral” but understandable, based on the many back-door deals and outright lies he’s become known for.

Second, “remorse” and “lessons learned” from the Iraq war (which the majority of Congress supported at the onset) does not describe the feelings of most GOP members; it is more a sense of extreme pride in our military for skillfully and honorably accomplishing the objective.

Our troops may have been pulled out of Iraq prematurely, but they did not return in disgrace.

What a disservice to those who fought and died in Iraq to dismiss it all now, simply for political gain.

Third, the Tea Party is not made up of “isolationist and libertarian strains,” but true patriots who fully understand the long-term consequences of reckless and irrational federal spending.

It is not isolationist to demand that our government stop funding terrorism simply because our president sympathizes with the al Qaeda-infiltrated side of a foreign civil war. America has no obligation to support those who torture and kill Christians.

— Vicki Tidwell, Burleson

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