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Defense Secretary Austin’s return and more: Feb. 11, 2024


Declassify
surgery

At
his
recent
press
conference,
a
contrite
Defense
Secretary
Lloyd
Austin
apologized
for
his
lack
of
transparency
in
failing
to
make
the
truth
about
his
prostate
cancer
known
to
the
president
(“Just
no
defense:
Austin,”

Feb.
2).

Austin’s
actions
in
this
incident
demonstrate
a
monumental
lack
of
sound
judgment
on
his
part.
In
his
absence,
the
American
people
were
left
vulnerable
to
possible
nuclear
attacks
from
Russia
or
China
while
Austin
was
under
the
knife.

The
secretary
looked
pained
as
he
hobbled
around
the
speaker’s
platform,
leading
me
to
believe
that
his
condition
is
too
precarious
for
him
to
keep
his
place
in
the
Cabinet.

While
we
all
wish
him
a
speedy
recovery
from
his
cancer
battle,
we
also
don’t
want
to
be
put
at
personal
risk
if
Austin
has
another
medical
emergency
he
chooses
to
conceal.


Ron
Spurga,
Manhattan


Trump
conviction

Isaac
Schorr’s
piece
on
the
political
consequences
of
the
charges
that
former
President
Donald
Trump
is
facing
is
ridiculous
(“Conviction
would
pull
the
rug
out
under
GOP,”

Feb.
7).

Who
cares
if
the
“MAGAlomaniac”
is
convicted?
Thanks
to
Bidenomics,
Americans
can
no
longer
afford
a
quarter-pounder
at
McDonald’s.
To
quote
James
Carville:
“It’s
the
economy,
stupid!”

Pinocchio
Joe
and
his
Marxist
puppet
masters
are
political
roadkillers.
Right
now
the
vultures
are
circling,
even
though
the
Donald
may
ultimately
be
wearing
orange
soon.


James
Evans,
Worcester,
Mass.


Super-size
prices

With
everyone
complaining
about
how
expensive
McDonald’s
has
become,
there
is
a
simple
solution:
Just
stop
eating
there
(“Inflate
is
a
big
$mack,”

Feb.
7).

Let’s
face
it:
McDonald’s
is
not
the
healthiest
food
out
there,
and
at
current
prices
it
is
no
longer
worth
buying.
It
made
money
over
the
years
because
it
was
cheap
to
feed
a
family
there.

Those
days
are
gone.
With
all
the
chemicals
going
into
processed
food
today,
who
knows
what’s
in
a
Big
Mac?
This
is
a
blessing
in
disguise.
Maybe
now
people
will
wake
up
to
see
what
fast
food
does
best:
make
your
money
disappear.


Storm
Destro,
Bayonne,
NJ


One
more
angel

Toby
Keith
lost
his
battle
with
cancer
this
Monday,
and
the
world
lost
a
patriot
and
role
model
who
demonstrated
courage
and
fortitude
his
entire
life
(“In
choir
of
angels,”

Feb.
7).

His
songs

yes,
even
“Red
Solo
Cup”

will
live
on.
What
will
be
remembered
by
his
fans
were
the
countless
visits
Keith
made
to
entertain
the
troops,
his
foundation
for
children
battling
cancer
and
his
love
for
this
country.

Keith
was
an
icon
of
country
music.
I
hope
he
and
Jimmy
Buffet
are
toasting
with
red
solo
cups.
Heaven’s
soundtrack
just
got
immeasurably
better.


Betsy
Flor,
Putnam
Valley


Historical
lessons

Jennifer
Nassour
correctly
asserts
that
Donald
Trump
has
a
problem
with
female
voters
(“Trump’s
crippling
‘women
problem,”

Feb.
3).

This
got
me
thinking:
Perhaps
the
“Great
Appeasers”

UK
prime
ministers
of
the
1930s
Stanley
Baldwin
and
Neville
Chamberlain

worked
to
avoid
war
out
of
concern
for
the
female
vote.
Baldwin
and
Chamberlain’s
policies
of
appeasing
Germany
ultimately
led
to
World
War
II.

Similarly,
President
Biden’s
appeasement
of
Iran
today
could
potentially
lead
to
the
next
global
conflict,
drawing
in
Russia
and
North
Korea.


Irwin
Romaner,
Suffern



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