Letters to the editor for Sunday, August 29, 2021
What was Trump thinking?
Just providing a reminder to the people writing to excoriate Biden for not evacuating U.S. troops, citizens, and Afghan translators and their families out of Afghanistan safely and quickly.
Did you know that Trump withdrew all but 2,500 U.S. troops from Afghanistan before Biden took office? Did you know that the Trump administration released 5,000 Taliban from prison as part of Trump’s so-called peace plan?
So those 5,000 freed Taliban, including Mullah Barador, the Taliban leader, were able to return to Afghanistan to join the between 58,000 to more than 100,000 full-time Taliban fighters already there.
For comparison, have you ever attended an event at the Hertz Arena or Hammond Field stadiums? If so, did you know those stadiums would each hold more fans than our total number of troops Trump left in Afghanistan. Hertz Arena holds about 7,200 people and Hammond Field holds about 9,300. So when you were at one of those stadiums, the number of fans in the stadium may have been double, triple, or more than the total number of our troops in the entire country of Afghanistan.
Wonder what Trump was thinking when he released more Taliban than the total number of U.S. troops he left in the whole country of Afghanistan?
Linda Rodriguez, Fort Myers
Trump set this mess in motion
For the past few days I’ve read this paper and listened to talking head shows, but they all have shown memory loss or are supporters of Biden’s predecessor, the Big Loser/Liar. I won’t claim President Biden hasn’t botched Afghanistan, but these Trumpers have chosen to ignore who set this mess in motion!
Mike Pompeo, Trump’s secretary of State, negotiated a treaty directly with the Taliban and left out the legitimate government of Afghanistan. As part of this treaty, a firm date for the withdrawal of all U.S. troops was set. In addition it called for 5,000 Taliban fighters to be released from prisons. Trump coerced the Afghans to accept this provision of a treaty they had not negotiated.
Some of these Trump supporters claim that President Biden will leave behind the Afghans, who supported our feckless war effort. The letter writers and right-wing talking heads again fail to mention that Trump during the war in Syria a few years ago left behind the Kurds who supported our efforts there.
Bill McMaster, Naples
Propaganda machine, not a newspaper
Once again you display your liberal bias and lack of integrity by failing to adequately report on the ongoing disaster of the Biden administration in Afghanistan. Almost no coverage on Americans abandoned by our confused president on your front pages.
This is the biggest foreign policy blunder in American history and you are refusing to cover it! You ignored the tens of thousands of Americans struggling for their lives, the tens of thousands of our allies being slaughtered by the Taliban, the astounding criticism from our NATO allies, and you chose not to cover it?
Shame on you!
You never stop criticizing Trump and DeSantis but not a word about what they have done right. Where is your coverage of Biden’s possible death sentence on our fellow citizens and allies, surrender of billions in our military equipment to the Taliban, and loss of stature in the world and with our allies?
Please don’t call yourself a newspaper. You are a propaganda machine for the Democratic Party.
Thomas Harakal, Naples
No wonder we have homeless veterans
I earn too much but not enough. Too much as a retired nurse on Social Security but not enough to qualify for an affordable apartment due to the new rule of having to earn three times the rent to qualify.
Imagine that? The apartments with the new rule that was a guide by economists several years ago is now being used as another way to discriminate based on money. They all have plenty of units available so they are actually hurting themselves.
The apartments not using that rule are all full with long waiting lists of one to two years in one of them with an eight-page application.
So what is a veteran to do? I was a captain in the Air Force at Andrews AFB, Md. No wonder we have homeless veterans. It’s also difficult and complicated for me as a college graduate to navigate the electronic system. There are no longer apartment ads in the newspapers.
Soon my rent will increase by $100 per month. Nothing goes up by small amounts anymore. I lived in the same building for 20 years and my rent increased by three times the original rent until I could no longer afford it.
So what is a veteran to do? I called Veterans Services which can’t help me. HUD has no waiting lists. I called The Area on Aging and Elder Care. None of them can help. Who can help us?
Alice Mack, Fort Myers