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posted: 7/13/2014 5:01 AM

Letter was wrong on agitation, Obama

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I would like to take issue with the letter to the editor regarding "agitation" and "playing for the other side" from Steve Morrissey on July 8.

First, I disagree that agitating in favor of your beliefs is intrinsically a bad thing. Political agitating at the grass-roots, state or national level in support of a belief, policy or person is one of our most cherished rights. This is true whether you support military adventurism, national isolationism, your right to defend your person and home with automatic weapons, the establishment of a Christian theocracy or the repeal of a particular piece of legislation.

Agitation is what occurs as you watch this latter process repeat again and again and again to the detriment of all other good works. The point is that you must agitate loudly and repeatedly, as well as encourage others to do so, in order to be heard.

As for the insulting insinuation that this president is "playing for the other side," there are not too many YouTube videos of the hundreds of drone assassinations authorized by the president against our enemies. But, those enemies know who hit them and how much it hurt.

This president ordered an armed incursion into another sovereign nation in order to get Osama bin Laden, our No. 1 most wanted.

This president orchestrated the downfall of Moammar Gadhafi, a man inarguably linked to the terror murder of U.S. citizens at the cost of zero U.S. soldiers and about a billion dollars worth of ordnance.

Amazingly, there were those who "agitated" against that cost at the time. Perhaps 4,000 American lives and a trillion dollars spent would have done more to prove his "playing for our side" bona fides.

Daniel Szwaya

Vernon Hills