I would like to thank Paul Mentor for helping us, realize more than anything, remember, make no mistake, because ‘it’ does matter. In your Observations from the Right column (“‘It’ matters,” Aspen Daily News, Jan. 30) you stated: “In government, ‘it’ makes all the difference. ‘It’ informs and defines strategy, the reason for the service, for the action, for the mission.”
The it that comes to mind is: It’s WMDs, ah, no, wait a minute. It’s Iraq’s freedom, ah, no, wait... it’s nation building... ah, no, wait. It’s mission accomplished. And of course, ah, no, wait, it’s still not over. It’s currently 4488 service personnel killed in action and 320,000 with brain trauma of some kind, and countless other statistics. And you go on to say “Our leaders are supposed to seek out and define, not avoid — or in Clinton’s case, state emphatically — that ‘it’ does not matter.”
Well I must state I do not agree with her explanation nor defiant stance, but she was given an entire eight years of prior Republican administration (and to a lesser degree some of her husband’s) to reference and craft her “it.” A prior administration set the precedent: That it actively avoided its purpose as it drifted intellectually and it became destructively political and it ultimately revealed its purposeless self-preservation — which is most assuredly why King Obama is back in the saddle again.
Seriously Paul, If this is it on your political musings, may I suggest returning to your successful journalistic roots and convey to the valley’s readers your next historical mini-installment of the importance of it. It, of course, being the band Queen.
Charles O Bailey