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MONDAY'S LETTERS: General Petraeus and the $2000 Payoff

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MONDAY'S LETTERS: General Petraeus and the $2000 Payoff

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In today's letters, a couple of responses to Greg Mitchell's recent column on the payouts made by the U.S. military to families of killed civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Petraeus' Payoff

Maybe it's just inflation or maybe things are getting better. During the Vietnam war, individuals who could prove that their family member, killed by U.S. forces, was not a communist, were paid $35. Of course if you happened to be a rubber tree, owned by a wealthy French Vietnamese businessman, destroyed by American firepower, you were compensated to the tune of $80. That's about right; $35 for a human life and $80 for a rubber tree.

Maybe there are just some things you can't throw money at and make it right.

Thanks for your article.

Bob Trowbridge

General Petraeus may believe that the "surge" in Iraq "is likely to get harder before it gets better. ..." But, that usually happens when you send soldiers into harm's way based on lies from the commander-in-chief. True, General "We are putting our soldiers at greater risk ..." especially when there is no proof they should be there at all. …

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