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What about Bush and Iraq?

Richard Greene wasted little time in his Sunday column (“Obamacare chaos goes beyond health insurance”) establishing his dislike for the president, citing the healthcare issues as a token example of his failure as a leader.

He threw out a myriad of pseudo facts and anecdotal stories in a thinly disguised effort to brand the president as a liar.

Perhaps Greene should be reminded that his mentor, President George W. Bush, assured the United States and the world that Iraq was a threat because it possessed weapons of mass destruction.

That proven lie cost the lives of more than 4,000 Americans and an estimated 125,000 Iraqi civilians at a cost of almost $2 trillion. President Obama’s missteps in describing the Affordable Health Care Act pale in comparison to Bush’s lie.

— John H. Brown, Arlington

I’d like Greene to provide specific instances and numbers of people who have suffered any of the horrors itemized in his column on the Affordable Care Act.

If you’re going to provide column space to a Republican apologist like this guy, see if you could get him to do a little more research than just listening to Fox News, Rush Limbaugh or Mark Levin.

And if Greene is really interested in exposing presidential lies and distortions of the truth, perhaps he could write a column on the Bush administration’s rationale for the invasion of Iraq.

By the way, Mr. Greene, what is your plan for dealing with the high cost of medical care in this country?

— William M. Brown, Fort Worth

Oswald’s children

There’s a little known fact about one aspect of the John F. Kennedy assassination.

After the capture of Lee Harvey Oswald, the authorities took the Oswald family into protective custody and whisked them out of Dallas. They brought them to Arlington to the Inn of Six Flags.

My husband had been in family practice a little over a year when an Arlington police detective called his partner and asked if he and my husband would go to the Inn of Six Flags to see two sick children. They turned out to be the Oswald children who had bad colds.

Oswald’s mother and wife Marina were there, of course.

We just saw the movie Parkland, and a motel scene is in the movie.

The place looked rather seedy, whereas the Inn of Six Flags was relatively new and pretty fancy in its day.

— Janet Cherry, Arlington

Burden on LBJ

So much is being said about the Kennedy assassination, but we should also consider the burden placed on Lyndon B. Johnson within a matter of minutes.

He wrote a book entitled, The Choices We Face, explaining how he had to forget his many years as a states-rights senator and realize that he must now run the nation, treating all states with the same respect and concern.

This short book provides a great insight into the mind of Johnson at this tragic time.

It’s worth reading as we approach Nov. 22 and the beginning of Lyndon Johnson’s presidency.

— Corrine Jacobson, Fort Worth

Heed the minority

Jack Vaughan wrote in a Nov. 6 letter (“Tea Party limitation”) that the Tea Party represents only about 15 percent of the U.S. population, yet Speaker John Boehner allows this minority to run the U.S. House.

Heaven forbid that a small minority would try to awaken the sleeping majority.

Case in point: When “radical” Paul Revere rode the streets of Boston on his midnight ride crying “The British are coming,” don’t you know that only a few answered the call? Thank God for those in the minority.

Vaughan would have been like most people, closing the shutters and going back to sleep, annoyed that a radical outside disturbed his sleep.

In 1959, Gus Hall, president of the U.S. Communist Party, predicted that there would be people like Vaughan when he said, “We’ll bury you so gently you won’t even know you are dead.”

My advice: Go back to sleep. As for me: I’m getting dressed to see what this “radical” has to say.

— Daniel J. Gerold, Fort Worth

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