In his column dated Feb 3., Mr. Westerhold's "Dream Team" would serve as an international apology for George W. Bush, and implies that prestige has been squandered in the world. What is striking is the choices of other countries during the Bush administration.
All unapologetically pro-American: Sarkozy for France, Merkel for Germany, Lee Myung-Bak for South Korea, Berlusconi for Italy, plus Australia, Britain, Denmark and Japan. What is also striking is the absence of anti-American rhetoric from all but a few, mostly terrorists, and the devil sniffer himself, Hugo Chavez. Or maybe we , as a nation, should apologize for the U.S. Navy, which is escorting every tanker full of crude , regardless of who it comes from, or where it is going, from the Middle East , into the Med, or the straits of Hormuz, or Indian Ocean. Even the Arab channels are not spending time on this.
Mr. Bush has the guts to stand up for what he is supposed to do, and No. 1 on his list is to protect Americans from the tyranny of men who fly aircraft loaded with innocent people into tall buildings also loaded with innocent people, and because he is also protecting people like youself, good people, but whose idea of a necessary or preemptive war is outside your moral radar.
Finally, the Tet Offensive was a massive defeat for the VC and North Vietnam. They lost 75-80,000 during that offensive, but Hanoi, and U.S. media made it a loss, and disgraced our vets in the process. I see it happening again. What a shame.
I, and I hope many others, hope the rest of the world will see clearly, as did Prime Minister Brown of Great Britain did when he said in the Rose Garden, that the world owes the U.S. "undying thanks" for its commitment to the War on Terror.
Thomas W. Coughlan