Rudy Yniguez's column on May 14, "Democrats + Environmentalists = Death in New York" starts out absurd and ends up frightening. His allegation that Democrats are to blame for a gutted defense budget is laughable.
The U.S. spent $278 billion a year for defense in the second half of the 1990s. Does anyone think a few extra stealth bombers would have prevented the events of Sept. 11? And did President Bush find any shortage of available troops or weapons when he ordered the attack on Afghanistan? If so we didn't hear about it.
He then blames environmentalists for supporting "the purchase of oil from totalitarian regimes in the Middle East." Which environmentalists does he talk to? All the ones I hear from urge conservation and the use of alternative sources of energy. If the government would demand that car-makers raise the fuel economy of new cars just one mile per gallon it would save more oil than we ever expected to get out of the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge.