Jacob Heilbrunn’s guest column is alarming [“The German-American breakup,” Opinion, July 16].
As a World War II veteran and Seattleite who dropped everything in 1952 to help Germany re-enter the modern world, then stayed on in diplomacy to help develop the new European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty, I feel as if it all might crash because of an arrogant young man (Edward Snowden) and a generation of policymakers in Washington who have lost their way.
President Obama should fly immediately to Berlin, apologize to Chancellor Angela Merkel, renew our pledges not to spy on our closest allies and to share all intelligence with them, reaffirm our total commitment to NATO and the defense of Europe, to express our complete support for transatlantic (and transpacific) free trade with fellow democracies, and to reaffirm our common Western values — which we have spent blood and treasure, over 70 years, to establish the institutions, still unfinished, which today undergird world order.
Germans and other Europeans will need gas next winter; we can help fill the gap. But Europe must not trade principles for a Russian pipeline.
James R. Huntley, Sequim