I am writing in response to the letter written by Randall Miller in which he questioned why we went to war in Iraq and Afghanistan ("Why did we go to war?" May 28). Perhaps the answer can be found in Major General Smedley Butler's book, "War is a Racket." The military-industrial complex President Dwight Eisenhower warned about is thriving, and the cost is thousands of lives lost in two unnecessary wars. Tragically, we have no reason to hope there won't be another unnecessary war in the future as Republicans demand military intervention in response to any type of conflict in any country in the world.

Sarah Lawrence, Baltimore

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