Letter: Syria looms as next costly mistake



Almost 5,000 civilians in Iraq have been killed in sectarian attacks this year. We were told that the invasion of Iraq was to be welcomed by its citizens. In a short period of time and with minimal expense, Iraq would be turned into a democracy. Ten years, more than 4,000 U.S. lives and hundreds of billions of dollars later, we have a great example of how our military can solve problems in Middle Eastern nations.

Now our Washington “leadership” is touting another fix of another nation, Syria. Why haven’t we learned from our own experiences? What makes anyone think that what was a failure in Iraq will be a success in Syria.

War is not the answer.

Let Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., plus Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, know that we believe attacking Syria will be another fruitless and costly U.S. mistake.

Wilbur Wood