Democrats should answer this question: “Do you want our country to lose the war in Iraq?” If the answer is “yes,” that explains their obstructive opposition to the current U.S. efforts there.

If their answer is “no,” then they need to explain why they continue their obstructive activities and why they don’t pitch in as Americans to help win this conflict. Their opposition encourages our enemies. The consequences of us losing condemns us to decades of horror. Our children deserve better.

It is too late to say we shouldn’t be there. That is all in the past. We are there and are fighting the 9/11 radical Islamofascist group that wants to kill infidels. They don’t care if you are a Democrat, Republican or uncommitted, we are all infidels.

We have been able to stop further attacks on the U.S. since 9/11, which gives the anti-war group overconfidence and allows the Democrats the luxury of using this situation primarily for their political advantage. The welfare of our country becomes secondary.

After 9/11, if we had been unable to stop further bombings, poisoned water supplies and airline hijackings, the Democrats could not have continued their efforts to use the war as a political issue and would be obliged by public opinion to start defending this country.

If the Democrats are not going to defend us, at least they should get out of the way.

Thomas F. Shields, Auburn

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