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The impact of a president

August 31, 2008

Re "The next president will disappoint you," Opinion, Aug. 24

Andrew J. Bacevich is fundamentally wrong. If the last eight years have proved anything, it is that a single administration's misguided policies can have enormous consequences for the country and for the world in a relatively short time.

Nobody expects the next president to single-handedly fix every problem we face, but addressing those problems with sincerity, rationality and honesty will be a huge improvement over the current administration.

Alan Disler

Los Angeles

Bacevich is half-right. Barack Obama, if elected president, may very well disappoint me. John McCain will not.

Obama promises a better America, a better world. Considering the scope of the challenges that await him, he may very well fail -- and disappoint me.

On the other hand, the goals of McCain are relatively easy: a continuation of the policies of the Bush years -- endless war (bomb, bomb, bomb) and favoring the rich and powerful at the expense of the middle class (home, home, home). If McCain is elected, I am convinced that he will not disappoint his voters.

Personally, I'll risk disappointment.

Ronald Rubin


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