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Letter: Columnists off-base

April 7, 2014

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To the editor:

Put Charles Krauthammer and Trudy Rubin in charge of foreign policy and they would have us neck deep in Middle East war and in the Ukraine as well — wars we could not possibly win. They also know that there is zero chance that the American public would be in favor of either.

In the end, the people in the Ukraine will decide their own fate and Syria will continue until hell freezes over no matter what we do. We are not a paramount power in this world today nor should we be. In fact, having American troops in 150 different countries in the world, as we do now, is unaffordable and most should be returned to the U.S.

Afghanistan and Pakistan will never change appreciably no matter how many American troops are there. This has been true as long as these nations have existed and it will always be a struggle by internal groups in both these nations for control. At least they will be heavily engaged killing each other instead of our troops.

These columnists are just doing their very best to charge President Obama with being as inadequate as Bush Jr. Forget about it. On his worst day, Obama was head and shoulders ahead of Bush on his best day.

Comments

Bob Smith 3 months, 3 weeks ago

We'll see eventually just what a disaster the current resident of 1600 Penn Ave, infamous for voting "Present" in the Illinois legislature, has been to America.

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Chris Bohling 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Firstly, it's funny how the comment above has exactly nothing to do with the letter.

Secondly, I take issue with the whole idea that "[some people] will never change." That's a useless way of thinking. I agree that it's probably not a good idea for the U.S. to interfere in Afghan-Pakistani border politics, but to claim they will never change is honestly a little racist. Don't presume that other people are beyond help just because they're fighting now.

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3 months, 3 weeks ago

Should the United States feel obligated to intercede in every country that has an internal conflict? No.

The United States did sign a NATO treaty that says in Article V that when one country in NATO is under attack then they all are and each country must respond to help the one attacked. Since the US is not the only signer of NATO what about the obligations of the other signers?

Ukraine said it stands to receive $13.5 billion of international funds this year as the European Union threatened Russia with more sanctions.

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-04-04/ukraine-sets-sights-on-13-dot-5-billion-of-aid-as-eu-warns-russia

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