Hard Question

To the Editor:

Re “McCain and the Petraeus Factor” [Sept. 17]:

When asked by Congress if the war in Iraq has made America safer, Gen. David Petraeus, commander of American forces there, responded that he didn’t know.

Now Congress is being asked to give Bush billions of dollars more to fund the Iraq occupation.

I think it’s time we turned the question around on Congress, and asked, “Does giving Bush billions of dollars make America safer?” Why should we spend another dollar and waste another life when it’s hurting, not helping, America?

Marc Perkel
San Bruno, Calif.