Letter - Minnesotans are fortunateIn the December 30 Echo Press, a Republican blamed Senator Amy Klobuchar, Senator Al Franken and President Obama for not ending the war in Iraq.
To the editor:
In the December 30 Echo Press, a Republican blamed Senator Amy Klobuchar, Senator Al Franken and President Obama for not ending the war in Iraq. The attack is unjustified. Both senators are supporting the president in his effort to shift form the ill-conceived war in Iraq to targeting the terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Republicans blocked Senator Franken from taking office until July 2009 and are now accusing him of not working fast enough to end the war. Both Senator Klobuchar and Senator Franken have pledged support for our troops and advocate for the resources needed to supply them with the equipment required to carry out their mission.
December 2009 was the first month since the Iraq War started in 2003 that there were no U.S. combat fatalities. The cost of the Iraq War in lives and dollars is indefensible. Some Republicans, like Dick Cheney, deny the mistakes of the Iraq War and are trying to rewrite history to support their own beliefs.
Both senators support President Obama’s counter-terrorism measures, as well as his economic recovery policies. Not a single Republican voted for any economic recovery legislation. It appears to be more important for Republicans to defeat Democrats than to work together to help the nation recover from tough economic conditions.
Minnesotans are fortunate to have Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken working for us in the Senate.