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Friday, July 6, 2007

Ft. Lewis’s Hometown Paper, The Olympian, Comes Out Against the “Ill-Conceived War” in Iraq

posted by on July 6 at 0:40 AM

In a July 4 editorial, The Olympian, the daily out of Olympia (the paper that serves the community around Ft. Lewis), officially came out against the war.

Publisher John Miller explained: “It is a particularly important and local issue for us because we are a military community with Ft. Lewis and McChord Air Force Base in our area. We seen too many of them killed, so many that Ft. Lewis considered stopping individual memorials. Our men and women have done their duty with honor. It is time to honor their sacrifices by ending this ill-conceived mission.”

And his paper (circulation 32,000) wrote:

On a day when Americans are supposed to celebrate the freedom and liberty won by the blood of our forefathers, most Americans instead find themselves disgusted with the trillion dollar war being waged in their name with their tax dollars.

On a day when Americans are supposed to wave the flag with honor and respect, many Americans are disheartened and embarrassed. They are fed up with an arrogant president and an ineffective Congress and their inability to extract this nation from the ill-conceived war that has alienated U.S. allies and unnecessarily sullied the reputation of this great nation.

This year, our day of national pride feels more like a day of national shame.

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We seen too many of them killed, the war is bad.

Posted by Linda | July 6, 2007 3:16 AM

Well, everyone knows that the liberal media hates the war. Probably a bunch of pot smoking 'greeners on the staff there.

Posted by Gud Amerikan | July 6, 2007 6:35 AM


It isn't just the "liberal media". People all over the place, some of them Republicans, view the war as a mistake.

To dismiss everything that contradicts your world view as propaganda, is to have a closed mind.

Posted by Toby | July 6, 2007 7:16 AM

The Olympian is "Ft. Lewis's Hometown Paper"? Really Josh, get a clue. That would be the Tribune.

Posted by olywa | July 6, 2007 8:01 AM

Why are communist traitors who hate AmeriKKKa running a newspaper?

Posted by Original Andrew | July 6, 2007 8:10 AM

@3, grab a dictionary look up sarcasm and satire.

Posted by seattle98104 | July 6, 2007 8:14 AM

Having grown up in Lacey/Olympia/Tumwater and having driven many times past Ft. Lewis and McChord AFB on my way to Seattle, and can say that they feel closer to Tacoma than Olympia. (Though Lacey is close enough to Ft. Lewis to hear artillery practice.)

Posted by elswinger | July 6, 2007 8:14 AM

yippee skippee. bush doesn't give 2 shits about any newspaper opinion except the WSJ - this is about securing iraq's oil for american's mouth breathing wage slaves to waste in their jet skis & leaf blowers.

we're going to occupy that POS country until its sucked dry. they're sitting on 30 years of our oil. that's how long we're staying.

Posted by maxsolomon | July 6, 2007 8:36 AM


Sometimes its hard to tell sarcasm from genuine opinion. If I knew the poster, maybe I'd know it was sarcasm.

Posted by Toby | July 6, 2007 8:39 AM

@9 did you read his handle?

Posted by seattle98104 | July 6, 2007 8:52 AM

Yeah, Ft. Lewis is more Tacoma than Olympia.

Posted by t-town | July 6, 2007 8:55 AM

I guess Josh doesn't get out of Seattle much. The Olympian is as much Ft. Lewis' hometown paper as the Everett Herald is Seattle's hometown paper.

Posted by barf | July 6, 2007 9:47 AM

It's like saying Enumclaw is a suburb of Seattle.

Posted by elswinger | July 6, 2007 10:18 AM

Seriously. Have you been to Ft. Lewis? It's a News Tribune town. And the News Tribune is decidedly more conservative. The Olympian serves Olympia. Hence the name.

Posted by GL | July 6, 2007 10:22 AM

I'm guessing GWB doesn't read the News Tribune OR the Olympian.

Besides, the preznit doesn't care. He's just running out the clock so he can say it's failure was someone else's lack of follow-through. "We were close to winning but then I left office and new President (whoever wins) withdrew the troops and lost the war." etc.

He's a liar, a crook, and a coward.

Posted by monkey | July 6, 2007 10:31 AM

He's just running out the clock so he can say it's failure was someone else's lack of follow-through.

Ooh! Ooh! Ooh! I know! We can help him with that by speeding up the clock! ITMFACF!

Posted by Mike of Renton | July 6, 2007 11:36 AM


Yup. Trust me, I've seen handles like that with heartfelt comments of that sort -- on other blogs. I'm new here. Please don't thump me too hard.

Posted by Toby | July 6, 2007 11:48 AM

"SAY YES TO WAR!" Dan Savage in The Stranger Oct. 2002

Is the United States Killing 10,000 Iraqis Every Month? Or Is It More?
Michael Schwartz, After Downing Street
War on Iraq: 300 Iraqis killed by Americans each day sounds like an impossible figure, but a close look at the reported numbers of violent deaths and rate of armed patrols makes it all too likely.

Posted by Awful Troll | July 6, 2007 12:05 PM

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