Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.
Letter to the Editor
Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
I read the letter “Strong enough” by Thomas Gillooly regarding our military spending. It didn't take long to realize that he is deeply partisan, defending this administration's proposed action of cutting our military.
Gillooly claims our military budget is “more than twice what China, Russia and Iran combined spend on their armed forces.” Combined? I tried to confirm his assertions, but he appears to have some resource unobtainable by others.
Questions for you, Mr. Gillooly: Where did you get those military spending amounts? What source provided you those numbers? How did you find the accurate amounts that China, Russia and Iran spend on their militaries? Please provide your sources so we can all be as informed as you.
Then he describes our military as a “world policeman” engaged in “nation-building” and imposing “Jeffersonian democracy on tribal warlords.” What on Earth are you talking about, Mr. Gillooly? Could you provide us proof of this claim?
It's very scary when someone like Gillooly starts spewing misinformation (lies) while Islamic fascists and rogue nations covering the globe have a sole desire to destroy us! To me, it's abundantly clear that he is an individual who would read this (or any opposing response challenging his claims), then mutter to himself: “What difference does it make?”
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