Letters to the Editor

U.S. not frightening terrorists, tyrants

If there was any lingering doubt about the fact that U.S. foreign policy under the Obama administration is in shambles, it was erased by the administration's failure to show support for, and solidarity with, France by having Obama personally attend, or by sending a high-ranking administration official, to a meeting of world leaders in the wake of the murders by Islamic terrorists at the Charlie Hebdo magazine and a kosher market in Paris.

After worldwide criticism of this shocking snub, the Obama State Department, in a pitiful attempt to make up for their colossal blunder, sent Secretary of State John Kerry and entertainer James Taylor to Paris where they met with the mayor of Paris and other dignitaries. Kerry tried to make amends by speaking to them in French and having James Taylor sing "You've Got A Friend." I'm not making this up. It actually happened!

I'm sure the French were deeply touched by such unselfish thoughtfulness (no reflection on James Taylor) and that the rest of the world was impressed by the skillful way the administration showed that it cared.

This attempt to mend fences would be laughable if it weren't so pathetic. No wonder the tyrants and terrorists of the world have been emboldened lately. Instead of having to deal with a clear-eyed and courageous United States, they are confronted by a comedy act.

The sad fact is that: Thanks to a timid and amateurish foreign policy, the tyrants and terrorists of the world no longer fear or respect us, and that endangers us all.

Donald Doherty

Bradenton

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