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Potshots should be aimed at someone who was for the war




To the Editor:

Representative Geoff Davis (R-KY) compared Barack Obama to “a snake oil salesman” at a northern Kentucky Lincoln Day dinner. He added, “I’m going to tell you one thing. That boy’s finger does not need to be on the button.”

Mr. Davis had better be more concerned about the Republican presidential candidate. John McCain is known for his short fuse and volcanic temper subject to spontaneous eruptions.

Those who know him best trust him least. Victims of his famous outbursts and those who have witnessed his slamming his fist on his desk, scattering papers across the room, jumping up and down, and screaming obscenities at his target wonder what he would do under pressure as the President.

During one of these outbursts his target was Jim Abbott, the supervisor of the Coronado National Forest, who halted a road construction on a McCain-supported project. The “ass chewing” he got included this threat: “If you do not cooperate on this project [bypassing the Endangered Species Act] you will be the shortest tenured supervisor in the history of the Forest Service.” Unfortunately for McCain, there was a witness to the encounter, a ranking Forest Service employee who recorded the encounter in his notebook, which was later turned over to the investigators at the GAO.

Such an attack on a federal agent was unethical and illegal. It never went forward but later when confronted about the incident McCain lied about the allegations and said it never happened and was “groundless” and “silly” even in the face of witnesses and the record.

So, Mr. Geoff Davis, you need to aim your potshots at someone who was for the Bush war of choice instead of someone who was against the war from the beginning.

And, although you may deny being a racist, your true colors were displayed when you used the racial slur “boy” in referring to a 46-year-old Afro-American male.
JOE DRENNAN
Moultrie, Ga.



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