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Letter: Hammer diplomacy

A few sentences into Bo J. Rudzinskyj’s my turn piece about Ukraine (Monitor Forum, April 25), it was clear to me that it was written by a career military man. Getting to the end and seeing his bio confirmed the suspicions. It must be read in the context of the cost in blood, treasure and respect that the peace through strength dogma has imposed on us since 1945.

Rudzinskyj’s column merely changes the names in the stale rhetoric that drew us into the Vietnam debacle and more recently our misbegotten adventures in Iraq and Afghanistan. We may have been, in his words, “. . . the leader of the free world for the past 70-plus years.” But when America has turned the abstract of leadership into concrete action, too often we have behaved as the world’s bullies.

Military options must be available when necessary, but Col. Rudzinskyj reminds us with his prose that if the only tool you have is a hammer, you see every problem as a nail.

WILLIAM POLITT

Weare

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