Republicans seem to have one mission: to thwart President Obama, no matter the issue or his position on it. Columnist Nicholas Kristof is correct in describing foreign policy as a minefield [“Obama’s weakness, or ours?” Opinion, June 26]. Many of the positions or arguments the U.S. used in the past are no longer…More
Category: Foreign policy
President Obama should not be reaching out
The president’s action shows a change in our relationship with Cuba [“Obama busy at Mandela service,” News, Dec. 11].
I do not believe that Cuba is at a stage where we should be reaching out to them. Cuba is still controlled by a communist dictator. As a country that actively fights against communism, the United States should not be opening up further relations with Cuba. The United States still has a trade embargo with Cuba. President Obama has already started opening Cuba up to more U.S. tourists. While we may believe further relations with Cuba would help the Cuban people, our actions only help to tighten Castro’s hold on his dictatorship.More
Our national policy should force Iran to give up its nuclear ambitions
The “deal” with Iran that supposedly halts its atomic bomb development should shock and alarm every American [“Give peace a chance in Iran,” Opinion, Nov. 27].
Iran gave up nothing and got billions in relief from sanctions. It will not impede Iran’s march to nuclear-strike capability in the slightest, and probably will aid it. The implications for the future may be as profound as the infamous Munich Agreement.
I urge readers to support those representatives and senators who are pressing for greater sanctions. If sanctions are effective, tighter sanctions would advance our aims — even more effectively. Our national policy should be nothing short of forcing Iran to give up their nuclear ambitions, not to elicit worthless promises from a relentless exporter of terrorism.
Focus efforts on reducing national debt instead
Your editorial couldn’t be more timely and overdue after 12 years of futile fighting and vast expenditures on the part of U.S. taxpayers [“Leave Afghanistan,” Opinion, Nov. 29].
Your reasons cited for being against another “10 years of U.S. blood and treasure invested in that country” seem to be lost on our military, as well as on a significant number of congressional leaders.
Israel should have the right to exist on the ancestral homeland of the Jewish people
Your recent editorial calling on the West to give peace a chance with Iran is dangerously naive and misguided [“Give peace a chance in Iran, Opinion, Nov. 27].
The deal violates at least six Security Council resolutions calling on Iran to close down its nuclear activities. Not slow them down; close them down.
The deal, which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rightly criticized, grants Iran the right to continue enriching uranium. It would be more beneficial for the world if Iran granted to its own citizens the rights Americans enjoy.
They should grant Israel the right to exist on the ancestral homeland of the Jewish people, a right that was recognized and ratified by the League of Nations in 1922, instead of calling for a new holocaust to wipe Israel and the Jewish people off the face of the earth. Iran is a rogue nation, in conflict with every other country except those ruled by Shiite Islam, with a bad human-rights record. Iran is now correctly calling it a victory, and a defeat for the West, which is led by the United States.
Congress must take effective aciton for peace
What a historic opportunity for our members of Congress to take effective action for peace [“Give peace a chance in Iran,” Opinion, Nov. 27].
Palestinian people need to accept the permanency of a Jewish state
Columnist Thomas Friedman aptly articulates the complexity and the nuances of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in his review of Ari Shavit’s new book, “My Promised Land ” [“Changing the discussion on Israel,” Opinion, Nov. 19].
Indeed, Israel is a miracle of political science: the re-establishment of an ancient nation-state on its ancestral homeland after centuries of exile. Yet, Israel is also in a perilous situation vis-à-vis its neighbors, and the broader tumultuous region at large.
We need to give more My whole life, I was always proud to call myself an American, because I believed the United States did its best to help those who lived in other countries who were less fortunate than me. It wasn’t until about a month ago, when I became a regional director for the Borgen Project,…More
U.S. should stay out Although I agree with the unethical nature of the use of chemical weapons, I do not agree with taking quick action with Syria. [“Diplomats reach deal on Syria’s chemical weapons,” page one, Sept. 27.] Despite much evidence indicating that President Bashar Assad was indeed behind the attacks, news coverage has also shown…More
U.S. has no credibility How is Syria’s alleged use of sarin gas different from the use of Agent Orange by the U.S. during the Vietnam War? [“Kerry calls on U.N. to move on Syria,” News, Sept. 20.] I submit there is little difference, aside from the lopsided scale of use, between a death by sarin gas…More