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April 21, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Obama’s foreign policy

Outreach to dictators an embarrassment

Frankly, I didn’t expect to be thrilled with President Obama’s foreign policy. On the other hand, I’m surprised that I’m disgusted.

He’s doing nothing more than toadying and mea culpa-ing to the world at large [“Obama defends outreach to foes,” page one, April 20]. Does he think he will win respect at the expense of the United States? Experienced leaders like France’s Nicolas Sarkozy (I never thought I’d say that) or Germany’s Angela Merkel look at him in a sort of benign, patronizing way. Sort of a wait-and-see attitude.

Genuflecting and cozying up to dictators and terror regimes like Cuba, Venezuela and Iran is not the way to a strong foreign policy. Playing catch-and-release with terrorists at Guantanamo isn’t, either. They will be walking on a street near you soon since no other country will have them.

He could prove to be the biggest embarrassment to the U.S. since Jimmy Carter. Maybe Obama will grow up. It could be a tough learning experience for us all.

— Denny Andrews, Bellevue

Kudos for U.N. conference boycott

The American Jewish Committee commends the representatives of all 23 European Union nations for walking out of a United Nations conference on racism to protest the anti-Semitic remarks of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [“U.S. administration to boycott U.N. conference about racism,” News, April 19].

It’s a sad day when the U.N. gives an advocate of genocide the spotlight at a supposed anti-racism conference — on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, no less. Ahmadinejad, the world’s racist-in-chief, has repeatedly called for the destruction of a U.N. member state, Israel, and trampled on the human rights of his own people. His appearance makes a mockery of the serious struggle against racism in our world.

President Barack Obama was correct to instruct the United States to boycott the U.N. conference for its “hypocritical and counterproductive” antagonism toward Israel.

— Moshe Dunie, president, AJC Greater Seattle Chapter

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