I couldn't help notice the juxtaposition of three U.S. presidents in front of The Oval Office proclaiming their united effort in giving aid and assistence to Haiti — and in contrast with their views and actions starting wars all across the globe.
Current President Barack Obama is pledging $100 million, as well as 10,000 Marines and National Guard. Sounds like the right and humanitarian thing to do. This is less than a month after he accepted the highly criticized Nobel Peace prize and sent 30,000 troops to Afghanistan as a war "surge." Somewhat opposite messages being sent?
Former president George W. Bush is standing there, the initiator of two concurrent wars the U.S. now finds itself in. How many hundreds of thousands of Iraqi's have been killed in his attempt to free them? And Mr. Bush is still mired in controversy over his handling of Hurricane Katrina. I believe many Americans in Louisiana are still living in trailers five years after the catastrophe.
Ex-president Bill Clinton expanded the fight in Somalia during his term. Otherwise, he was lambasted for "decimating" the military defense budget to a paltry $286 billion a year, compromising our Nation's security.
All that was missing was G.W.'s dad, who started the whole Iraqi mess with his invasion to force Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait.
Maybe in this century the American leaders we elect to the nation's highest office of President will realize starting wars is not the way to help another country's citizens. Delivering aid through humanitarian action, as we're experiencing in Haiti, is the right way.
Paul D'Argent, 37209