Holts Summit, Mo.
Three cheers to William R. Polk for his “Open Letter to President Obama” [Oct. 19]. I now know more to back up the intuitive hunch I had that a military conflict is not the answer. Articles such as these keep my subscription to The Nation current.
JOSEPH P. BACHANT
Bravo to William R. Polk for his brilliant perspective on Afghanistan and its many hopeful invaders. And also praise for the clarity of the writing–not the usual academic, Talmudic mumbo jumbo that keeps The Nation from achieving the greater circulation it so richly deserves.
ERIC W. KRITZ
The letter to the president was brilliant–superbly written, with common-sense suggestions for solving the problems our country faces in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Kashmir. Here’s hoping the president will adopt them. By doing so, he will avoid becoming another LBJ, who famously refused to consider any course but escalation of military involvement in Southeast Asia and thus ended his presidency.
I read with great interest and respect the letter to President Obama–informed and knowledgeable, seasoned with experience and wise reflection. I hope you sent the letter to the White House.
WILLIAM A. BURZYNSKI
Dick’s Flip to the Dark Side
Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
Sebastian Jones surely sank whatever was left of Gephardt’s reputation as a progressive in “Dick Gephardt’s Spectacular Sellout” [Oct. 19]. One more example: he is a highly paid genocide-denier for the Turkish government, which is more shameful since as a Congressman, Gephardt co-sponsored a resolution placing the Armenian genocide in the company of the Holocaust, Cambodia and Rwanda.
The best moment in Sebastian Jones’s piece is when a Gephardt supporter calls him “a man of incredible credibility”–a line worthy of W. himself.
NAACP: Social Service & Social Justice
Ta-Nehisi Coates’s “The Trials of Benjamin Jealous” [July 20/27], on our NAACP president and CEO, had several inaccuracies and a flawed conclusion. First, Coates claims that Myrlie Evers Williams followed Ben Chavis as president of the organization, which is not true. We are extremely proud of Evers’s stellar tenure as the first woman chair of the national board, but she was never president. Second, the claim that Jealous had no direct ties to the civil rights movement was a strange and erroneous statement, considering that his entire family was steeped in the civil rights movement, from sit-ins to segregation protests to voter registration drives. Jealous, in fact, is a fifth-generation NAACP member.