Columnist Marjorie Cortez's arguments that President Bush might have acted differently on Iraq if he had known what he knows now are specious at best, and illogical at worst (Dec. 11). She points to recent news of Iran's diminished nuclear capability and of North Korea's dismantling of its nuclear reactor as two examples of the present proving the past "wrong." Events like these don't happen in a vacuum. Cortez offers no proof whatsoever that they are not, at least, in part predicated by the Bush administration's foreign policy initiatives, regardless of the degree of truth on which those initiatives were based. To say that the weakening of the "axis of evil" would have happened in the same way if President Bush had had different knowledge is Monday-morning quarterbacking.

Monica Wilbur

West Valley City