Botched foreign policy brought us to this point
Now that President Obama’s lack of leadership has him backed into a corner, he risks escalating a situation in Syria (unilaterally) and in what some would consider a face-saving move. He should have acted long ago — before 100,000-plus people had died. His approach to foreign policy, which is apparently appreciated by many in this country, is to sit back and see what happens. Now in the 12th hour, when the crisis in Syria is totally out of control, he is acting more aggressively than he would have needed to a year ago, and he has not a clue as to what can of worms he is opening.
MARY MCINTOSH LINNIHAN, Minneapolis
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Wow! Steve Sack actually has proof that the chemical attack in Syria was carried out by the government and not by the radical Muslim rebels (editorial cartoon, Aug. 29). Shouldn’t he turn this amazing information over to our government?
TOM R. KOVACH, Nevis, Minn.
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Regarding a prospective U.S. attack on Syria, I would use the quote “To whom much is given, much is expected.” We are the most powerful nation in the world. Do we not have a moral responsibility to aid the helpless and persecuted people of our planet? To sit back and watch them being murdered by chemical agents, and to read their signs asking “Why has the world abandoned us?” is reprehensible. What you do to the least of my brothers, you do unto me.
Sheryl Steinman, Maple Grove
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The situation in Syria is a humanitarian crisis that requires prompt intervention. The United States should be actively engaged. However, this crisis and the crises of the future need to be addressed by thoughtful and systematic solutions. Real leadership acknowledges the need for active involvement among a spectrum of nations (especially the Arab states), where the coalition balances the diplomatic, fiscal and military costs equally.
James Peterson, Minneapolis
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Federal courts must be adequately funded
Whining public officials complaining about funding cuts have numbed many of us. Some of those cuts are real and hurt people, while some can be met with creative management.
I have known Michael Davis, chief judge of the District of Minnesota, my entire professional life. He is a unique figure in the state’s legal system. He is not prone to call news conferences. He most decidedly is not a whining public official. His call for congressional action to undo the radical cuts in federal court should alarm everyone (“Judge: More cuts crippling,” Aug. 29).
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