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Sunday, September 22, 2013
A few observations on Bob Peckman’s letter (“Obama has taken a smart, steady path,” Sept. 17):
President Obama has continually waffled back and forth on Syria. There was a red line, then, no, it wasn’t his red line. We would strike, but he tells Syria’s Bashar Assad and the world where and when we would do so. Then at the last minute, no, let’s ask Congress, or maybe the U.N.
Even his own advisers were shocked at this turnaround.
And, oh yeah, Vladimir Putin may have a plan. And on it goes.
If this is a “steady hand at the helm,” God help us.
Obama must stop playing the president on TV and actually be one. We need to be clear and resolute in our foreign policy objectives. We would do well to heed Lord Palmerston, 19th century British prime minister: “Britain has no permanent friends and no permanent enemies; she has permanent interests.”
We must determine if our national interest is involved in a particular situation, then act upon it. Waffling, playing Hamlet, and constantly changing his mind makes Obama and the nation look weak and ineffective. For the world’s last superpower, this is dangerous and unacceptable.
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