Neighbors have met gathered near damage from a drone strike in the yard of Zemari Ahmadi's home in Kabul, Afghanistan last month. Credit ... Jim Huylebroek for Hfrance.fr
Re " Evidence disputes US claim of an Islamic State bomb during 'a drone strike in Kabul "(home page, September 11):
Congratulations to Hfrance.fr for proving the impossibility of carrying out casualty air strikes in the middle of overcrowded cities. While the motivation for the drone attack by US forces was to stop what officials believed to be preparations for an attack on Kabul airport, the strike seems rather to have happened before.Decimating the innocent family of an aid worker.
Civilians constitute the overwhelming majority of casualties - over 90% - when explosive weapons are deployed in populated areas, such as in Kabul last month. Precision airstrikes in cities can only be targeted by the information they are based on, and the resulting blast radius can never avoid risking the lives of people nearby.
For this reason, our organization and many others are calling for a political declaration against this practice. Your investigation shows that it is high time the United States supported such a statement.
Silver Spring, Md.
The author is the US executive director of Humanity & Inclusion, an aid organization.
To the editor:
Your investigation report convincingly demonstrates that the target was innocent of behavior warranting a death sentence. The question now is: what will the United States do about it?
I suggest that America pledge to pay compensation to the victims of " collateral damages ". This should be done quickly and automatically upon presentation of the kind of evidence gathered by The Times, and provided with an apology, and perhaps a letter from the President of the United States saying he is sorry for their loss.
If we turn a new leaf regarding our adventures abroad, we must change the stateof the spirit that an American life is worth more than all the others.
To the editor:
En As an American patriot and staunch supporter of our military, I was saddened and disheartened by this story. Clearly, the evidence suggests that the drone strike may have been a tragic mistake. If this is the case, one can feel sorry not only for the family members who were killed, but also for the members of the drone team who undoubtedly acted in good faith.
The problem is that the Pentagon has not yet admitted the possibility that the typing was in error. In our continued war against terrorists, both foreigners and nationals, mistakes will be made and innocent people will be killed. The pentagone and all of our military leaders must be prepared to admit these mistakes.
Trump and General Milley Image General Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, were increasingly more concerned with former President Donald J. Trump's fixation on his electoral defeat. Credit ... Sarahbeth Maney / The Hfrance.fr
To the editor:
Re " New book details fear Trump will start war ”(September 15 news story):
Senator Marco Rubio demanded in a letter to President Biden that he immediately relieves General Mark A. Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, of his functions.
Mr. Rubio wrote: "General Milley attempted to rationalize his reckless behavior by claiming that what he saw as the army 's judgment was more stable than his civilian commander.
Senator Rubio got it right.
The irony is that Republicans knew Mr. Trump was unstable but refused to take any action that might disrupt its base.
General Milley's" reckless behavior "was to assure the Chinese that it would not be necessary to take preventive measures to defend against an attack they believed to come from a country they saw as breaking up and a president they saw dangerous and about to do something crazy.
Actually, the Chinese were probably right to be alarmed.
Who is more reckless, the Republicans who are not succeeded in protecting our country from a president they knew was dangerous, or from General Milley, who assured China that Mr. Trump would not be allowed to wage an arbitrary war?
Palos Verdes Estates, California
Judge Barrett's partisanship Image "Say the court's reasoning is wrong," said Justice Amy Coney Barrett, “is different to say that the court is acting in a partisan way. " Credit ... Timothy D. Easley / Associated Press
Re " Justice Barrett says Supreme Court work is not affected by politics " (Daily Political Briefing, nytimes.com, September 13):
Apparently Judge Amy Coney Barrett 's pledge to be non-partisan doesn't go any further. had honestIn no way wanted to avoid partisanship, or at least public perception, she would have refused to be referred to the Supreme Court in the last seconds of Donald Trump's term.
His appointment to the court was completely partisan. Just take a quick look at how it was done and the actors involved.
I find his arguments fallacious at best. "Judicial philosophy" is a sheepskin for the partisan ideology that Judge Barrett and the Federalist Society follow.
Bethesda , Md.
These plush opera seats Image A more comfortable p erch: The War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco has replaced its anciens seats by more comfortable seats, just as he must try to bring the public back after the long pandemic shutdown. Credit ... Kelsey McClellan for Hfrance.fr
Re Yes, this opera seat feels more spacious "(Pages Arts, August 23):
While I understand that room filling should be the goal of all opera companies and house directors, I am not sure if it is how to achieve it.
Comfort is a good thing, to be sure, and for a person like me, who is nearing 70,even something of a requirement. Comfortable seats, great. But cup holders? No way.
I vividly remember the first time I attended a theatrical event in New York where it was allowed to drink in the theater. Since when, I remember thinking, have such incentives to go to the theater become necessary? If tickets were more affordable - with urgent seats readily available - audiences would increase and likely be younger. But it's a cultural shift that unfortunately I don't expect to see in my lifetime.
The theater offers the possibility of an exciting, moving, perhaps even life-changing experience. Whether or not a particular concert hall, opera house or theater has comfortable seating is not a prerequisite.
Susan EH Halliday
Lex ington, Massachusetts