In answer to Ernest W. Erdman's letter of Oct. 23, "President Bush is only interested in Middle East oil," I have to wonder what world map he is looking at. Iraq does not have access to the Caspian Sea, and the only way it could is if Saddam Hussein invaded Iran (again).
He raises another point, which I have seen repeated in other letters to the editor lately, i.e., the confrontation between the United States and Iraq is about oil and President George W. Bush's desire to enrich his friends in the oil industry. Have people forgotten that this country is dependent upon oil and its byproducts, ranging from gasoline to plastics to heating oil? What effect would Saddam exploding a nuclear device in Saudi Arabian oil fields have on the world economy? For starters, you would probably be looking at $10 a gallon or more gasoline and heating oil with a concomitant rise in prices of other oil byproducts.
Next, he repeated another widely circulated lie that Mr. Bush's father, George H. W. Bush, didn't allow the U.S. military to oust Saddam during the Gulf War. I must remind Mr. Erdman that the Gulf War was fought with one goal in mind, and that was to drive Iraq out of Kuwait. That was a goal that was agreed upon by all the coalition nations. At no time was there ever a stated goal to remove Saddam Hussein from power.
Lastly, from what I have read, Secretary of State Colin Powell and Gen. Norman Schwartzkopf were never "good buddies." Just the opposite is true, as are all the positions taken by Mr. Erdman.
Don Christian, Hephzibah, Ga.