To The Editor:

I hope everyone reading The Missourian read Pat Buchanan’s article titled “Was Iraq Worth It?”

For those who missed it, let me remind you that our invasion of Iraq cost over $1,000,000,000 (that’s trillion if you lost count of the zeros) and created over 500,000 widows and orphans. Think about that! A half million people’s lives affected. Compare that to the number of people living in Franklin County.

I could talk about the corruption of George W. Bush and crew in going to war without cause. I could talk about the thousands of lives lost without cause, and don’t tell me it was to keep us safe in our cozy beds. There is not, and never has been, a way that Iraq, Afghanistan or Iran can successfully attack us.

I could talk about how we need to protect Israel, but it already controls the U.S. government and tells us what to do. I could talk about patriotism and how great it is to be at war and welcome home the dead. But I don’t call that patriotism. I call that stupid.

No, I’m not going to talk about any of those disasters. I’m going to talk about the hoodwinking, and continued hoodwinking, of the American citizens. We were hoodwinked into believing a couple of airplanes caused three high rise buildings to collapse on 9/11.

We were hoodwinked into believing the multitude of lies in the NIST report. We continue to be hoodwinked as the war mongers in Washington, Wall Street, weapons manufacturers and bankers rake in billions in profit at the expense of our soldiers’ lives. Maybe we should call it the Great American Hoodwinking.

The big question is what will be the next event that will hoodwink you?