You have performed a valuable public service in publishing Doyle McManus' article (June 16) about the emerging "Reagan Doctrine."
According to this doctrine, our Washington policy-makers will involve us in overt intervention throughout the world because the Russians have been doing this. Because we have not, we must stop being the good guys and start "playing on a level field."
Before our leaders begin squandering American dollars and American lives, they might pause long enough to familiarize themselves with the history of their own country. They might read a report entitled "Instances of Use of U.S. Armed Forces Abroad, 1798-1945," prepared at the request of Sen. Everett McKinley Dirksen (R-Ill.) and published in the Congressional Record (June 23, 1969).
The report lists 160 occasions when American forces intervened in foreign countries. Between 1900 and 1925, for example, U.S. troops intervened in China and Honduras seven times each, Panama six times, the Dominican Republic four times, Colombia, Mexico and Cuba three times each, Guatemala, Haiti, Korea, Nicaragua and Turkey two times each and once each in Morocco, the Philippines and Syria.