Jimmy Carter was a great president for one reason. He was a peacemaker who never dropped a bomb on anybody. This is something Reagan, the Bushes, Clinton and Obama can never say.
Our U.S. Senator, Jim Inhofe, and Muskogee Congressman, Dan Boren, always vote for war. Inhofe and Boren are worried about new legislation that may threaten the life of the Army’s 45,000 acre bomb-making plant near McAlester. The plant makes 53,500 bombs a year for the Army, Navy, and Air Force and employs more than 1,500 and pays $340 million a year in payroll and contractor services.
That plant, which made most of the bombs dropped in Iraq and Afghanistan, should be closed and converted to peace time purposes. The plant, not open to the public for safety reasons, is what President Eisenhower warned about when he said, “beware of the military-industrial complex.”
Oklahoma’s annual military earnings are $3.3 billion a year. Dr. Howard Zinn, an Air Force bombardier in the Second World War said, “war poisons our souls, kills the children of the enemy and mutilates the bodies and minds of our own soldiers.”
I have been anti-war since my daughter’s daddy, Army CWO Lawrence Charles Dean, piloted a Cobra gunship and was shot down in Vietnam.
Afghanistan is both a guerrilla war and civil war at the same time. It isn’t worth another Okie life, limb, or “killer high.”
VIRGINIA “BLUE JEANS” JENNER