Letters to the Editor

Choosing war

As a result of talks, North Korea has tentatively agreed to curtail nuclear programs in exchange for financial and trade assistance from the other five nations involved in the negotiations. Meanwhile, our president refuses to bargain with Iran unless they first give up their nuclear plans. Wouldn't the purpose of negotiations, as in North Korea, be about that very subject?

With administration claims of weapons and explosive devices from Iran and that Iranians may have killed five U.S. soldiers in Kabala, I'm reminded of the president's refusal to negotiate in 2001 with the Afghanistan Taliban for the surrender of Osama bin Laden. Later he did the same with Iraq (at a time when Saddam Hussein was under the tight control of sanctions and U.S. military aircraft) in order to avoid the terrible consequences of invasion.

Why does this faux "macho man," who has always avoided personal exposure to the dangers of military action, continue to choose war over political negotiations and diplomacy? Seems at odds with being on close terms with the original "Prince of Peace."

Pat Stidham