White Bear Lake
Too much credit in certain corners
With a few exceptions, the undisguised, pro-Obama bias of the Washington press corps is so obvious that it has been aptly described as an extension of the White House press office. Dana Milbank confirms this description in his July 2 commentary headlined “Obama scandal search: Throw at wall, see what sticks.”
Milbank makes a number of unfounded assertions in his zeal to shield the administration from the mounting weight of its scandals. He takes the Justice Department’s self-serving exoneration of Eric Holder in the “Fast and Furious” scandal at face value, and risibly claims that IRS actions harassing Tea Party groups “weren’t political.”
With regard to the Benghazi debacle, Milbank completely ignores the larger questions of administration incompetence and willful deception by focusing exclusively on the relatively minor issue of talking points.
Rumor has it that the hapless Jay Carney may be tiring of his role as White House press secretary. Judging from his latest column, Milbank appears to be angling for the job.
PETER D. ABARBANEL, Apple Valley
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Sixteen “suspected” militants murdered by drone in Pakistan. Obama is a coldblooded murderer. The Nobel committee has a simple choice — leave the Peace Prize in Obama’s hands and become a sham and a farce, or rescind it forthwith and reclaim its lofty reputation for peace, justice and nonviolence.
STEVEN BOYER, St. Paul
Ask yourself today: Is this the right direction?
On Independence Day, we must think about why our ancestors (literally or figuratively) fought and what they fought for. America was founded with the people’s right to liberty and freedom at its very core. Benjamin Franklin once said: “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Since 9/11, our government has put in place countless measures to protect America from terrorism, among other things. And now we must ask ourselves: Are we willing to make a change? How many more occurrences of whistleblowing and leaks will we sit by and watch? How much more liberty are we willing to give up?
GABRIEL HICKS, Eden Prairie
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