Your views: Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020
Is this a preview of Trump II?
My stepson texted me Monday after boarding his flight to Boston. Sen. James Lankford was sitting two rows ahead. Did I have a message he could pass along on my behalf?
I did. We know that when informed that an attack had been led by the infamous Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, President Trump was presented with several possible actions. He chose the most risky option of all — assassinate the general. Not necessary to consult Congress. No matter the fact that our previous two presidents had rejected the idea in fear of unintended consequences.
So, I ask Sen. Lankford, is this a preview of Trump II if elected to a second term? If you do not want to remove him from office, at least make him aware that Congress and the law will not be ignored. Trump is putting lives in danger on a whim. There is no shame in consulting others who make it their job to keep America safe. If he wants to get us out of endless wars, don't start another one.
Sen. Lankford has said the president is not a role model. It is Trump’s conservative policies that appeal to him. But if not removed from office he should not feel emboldened. Finding him innocent of the article of impeachment should not make Trump feel as if he has done nothing wrong. The process should at least let him know his childish and impulsive behavior is not OK and will no longer be tolerated.
John K. Adams, Oklahoma City
Navy bestows great honor on the state
On Dec. 23, Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas B. Modly took a bold step and named two of the newest fast-attack Virginia-class submarines for members of “The Greatest Generation” who perished aboard the battleships USS Oklahoma and USS Arizona. Bringing back those hallowed ships’ names into active-duty service is a fitting tribute to the sacrifices those men made during World War II. What an honor for the state of Oklahoma to once again have its namesake sailing the seas around the world protecting our nation.
With the naming a submarine USS Oklahoma, the state now has three ships that bear Oklahoma names — the Los Angles fast-attack nuclear-powered submarine USS Oklahoma City and newly commissioned littoral combat ship USS Tulsa. This is a significant tribute and honor to our land-locked state.
The Navy has 293 ships. The new USS Oklahoma, a Virginia-class fast-attack submarine, will provide the Navy with the capabilities required to maintain the nation’s undersea supremacy well into the 21st century. Their stealth, sophisticated surveillance capabilities and special warfare enhancements enable these ships to meet our nation’s full spectrum of requirements and support President Trump’s stated goal of 355-ship Navy by 2035. The USS Oklahoma will be an integral part of the “Navy our nation needs.”
Greg Slavonic, Washington, D.C.
Slavonic, a retired rear admiral from Oklahoma City, is assistant secretary of the Navy.
Something to give U.S. enemies comfort
Any enemy of the United States should take comfort that they will have every Democrat in Congress, most of the media, and a huge percentage of the millennials on their side in the event of a war with the USA. We constantly see proof of this.
Ben Humphries, Edmond