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Letter: The world is changing; president must keep up

Re “Obama’s war” (Monitor letter, June 24):

I agree that the prospect of going too far in Syria is something to keep an eye on, yet I doubt that President Obama’s decision to arm the opposition with light munitions constitutes a declaration of war. Given that we are the greatest force in the world, something must be done about the Syrian question, and who better to do it than Obama? Should he turn a blind eye to the conflict, he might be forced to face criticism across the free world. Who knows, he might seem weak and ineffectual.

As for the letter writer’s comparison to Vietnam, it would help the cause of rational thinking to bear in mind that the Vietnam struggle was altogether of a different era, one in which the Cold War was readily at hand. Different logistics, different conclusions.

An argument that fails to meet the standards set by present-day warfare is one that fails to look at the world realistically. Had the framers of the Constitution imagined drones? Had they any idea that the world would seem like powder keg?

I’m not advocating a change in the Constitution. That would be foolish. But I am suggesting that the world has changed and so too should a president keep up with it.



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