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Time to look in the mirror, Mr. President

Don Beck Ledyard

Publication: The Day

Published 12/22/2012 12:00 AM
Updated 12/21/2012 04:20 PM

On Dec. President Obama said, "We have a culture that glorifies guns and violence," referencing the tragedy at Sandy Hook in Newtown. Does he realize that statement extends to our nation's foreign policy that he supports and controls? The United States is the number one arms dealer in the world. U.S. drones actively kill bad guys and innocents in several foreign nations selected and approved by our president - his "shadow war." The United States is now engaged in long-term, dead-end wars, inflicting death and destruction on persons both military and civilian. When does this violence also come to an end, Mr. President?

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