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Misreading candidate’s aims, and insulting troops

Romney’s foreign policy strikes chords of Bush era” (Editorial, Oct. 10) misses the point of Mitt Romney’s speech at the Virginia Military Institute and his statements generally. It also insults our troops.

Romney doesn’t need logic, consistency, or well-thought-out positions. His goal, and the goal of those pulling the strings on his candidacy, is to get from Point A to Point B. It’s a straight line, and the fastest way to traverse it is to imitate a previous success while using propaganda techniques — repetition, innuendo, and lies — to criticize any strength or accomplishments of the opponent. Anyone who tries to make him deviate from his path will be attacked in the same way.

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As for the insult to our troops, you wrote, “It is imperative to remember what that worldview brought us: two wars that cost more than $800 billion, paid for by increasing our national debt.” What about the almost 4,500 servicemen and women killed in Iraq alone between 2003 and 2012?

Stop counting dollars and using empty phrases such as “blood and treasure,” and focus on the really important information: How many Americans, coalition members, Iraqis, and Afghans died to further the greed and ambitions of those who caused these events to happen?

Seth Kaplan


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