Get Out, Exit, Scram, Beat It, Go Home…
Your editorial "Getting Out of Afghanistan" [Aug. 16/23] was right on the money! I’ve served in Kabul, and after hoping that a more nuanced policy would emerge from the White House (it clearly hasn’t), I agree that we should get out. Thanks for this seminal contribution to US foreign policy.
Real Heroes: Those Who Speak Out
As a 76-year-old Korean War veteran, I can well appreciate Sarah Lazare and Ryan Harvey’s "WikiLeaks in Baghdad" [Aug. 16/23]. My heart goes out to Josh Stieber, Ray Corcoles and Ethan McCord, who are true heroes of the ill-advised and immoral war in Iraq. They describe not only the desensitization, dehumanization and even corruption of language soldiers face; they showed rare courage to speak out. The three young men showed their basic humanity and decency when they saw the brutalization of Iraqi civilians.
NORMAN K. SMITH, US Army (retired)
Andrew Ross’s "Greenwashing Nativism" [Aug. 16/23] has much to say about population issues and environmentalists. But Ross doesn’t acknowledge the Sierra Club’s Global Population and Environment Program (firstname.lastname@example.org), which explains the club’s population strategies. Readers may be interested in the club’s advocacy training program and its population program, which will soon visit Texas.
Rising From Its Ashes?
Redwood City, Calif.
Phoenix is not "ground zero for the national housing crisis," as claimed by Marc Cooper in "John McCain’s Last Stand" [Aug. 16/23]; it is in third place behind Las Vegas and Merced. Nor is it the "bull’s- eye of global warming in the Northern Hemisphere," as claimed by Andrew Ross in "Greenwashing Nativism." Phoenix is in trouble because of excessive development and real estate speculation.
Oasis on the Upper West Side
In her lovely, graceful remembrance of Iris McWilliams in "Noted" [Aug. 16/23], Katrina vanden Heuvel quotes a longtime friend of Iris and Cary McWilliams as saying of their apartment, "The intelligent and decent civil liberty types all drifted in, and as discouraging as the country seemed, the possibilities of an open and sane society seemed alive there." I wish The Nation to know that I feel about this magazine as did this friend about the McWilliams place. Thank you for keeping alive the hope for decency, inclusivity and community, all of which seem of so little value in this brave new barbarous world we have created.