(Submitted in response to Walter Russell Mead’s March 12, 2003 Washington Post editorial “Deadlier
Letters to the Editor
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March 12, 2003
Walter Russell Mead’s March 12, 2003 editorial “Deadlier Than
War” is one of the most irresponsible works of journalism I have ever
read. In it, Mead argues that “the link
[between Saddam Hussein and the events of Sept. 11] is clear and direct…Iraqi
defiance forced the United States
to stay [in Saudi Arabia],
and one consequence was dire and direct. Osama bin
Laden founded al Qaeda because U.S.
forces stayed in Saudi Arabia…it
is clear and compelling. No Iraqi violations, no Sept.
By using this “clear and compelling” logic, the U.S
Constitution led to a federal government.
The federal government amended the Constitution and the Sixteenth Amendment
provided for the collection of income tax.
This had the “dire and direct” consequence of the creation
anti-government militias. These militias
resulted in Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City
bombing. No Constitution, no Oklahoma
Should we now rip the Constitution to shreds in the name of
Milton Alan Turner