Senator Burr’s letter to the editor (“Sen. Richard Burr Responds,” Aug. 18 Xpress) says that he voted in the past for unemployment benefits when cuts were made to other government expenditures. He seems to be concerned about the national deficit.
I find that explanation odd in light of his repeated votes for funding wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He did not demand cuts in other areas for these unnecessary and useless wars and occupations. He did not seem to be concerned about adding to the national debt when he voted for these wars which greatly added to our national debt.
And, boy, did these wars and occupations add to our national debt. They added over $1 trillion so far, but the final cost will likely be over $3 trillion. And this is in light of the fact that Iraq never threatened or attacked us (and while Afghanistan did have some criminals who helped plan the attack on 9/11, those criminals have long ago moved on).
And yet, we are still in both countries. I know Mr. Obama claimed that “major combat operations” are over in Iraq, yet a US soldier was killed just last week by a rocket attack. That sounds like combat to me. …
I certainly would feel better about my tax dollars going to help my fellow Americans rather than using them to destroy foreign countries and countless lives.
— Susan Oehler