CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1993
I think unilateral military intervention in the internal affairs of any country is wrong. I think it is wrong in Bosnia. Whatever is to be done must be done through the United Nations based upon a genuine consensus. Using the U.N. as a rubber stamp did not work for George Bush and it will not work for Bill Clinton. We can't afford to police the whole world. Let's demilitarize our society and use the savings to help get our own house in order. Our losses in the Cold War were not as great as the Russians, but we didn't win the Cold War. All our winnings are in front of us. BERNARD FELDMAN Laguna Hills
June 23, 1985
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 1990
There has been much wringing of hands in the news media--newspapers and television--and in Congress over the cost of our military intervention in the Persian Gulf, and its consequences. It would seem more to the point to assess the costs and the consequences to us as a nation if we had not intervened. The cost of oil is not at issue and is not the reason President Bush decided to move in. OPEC has been ineffective. It hasn't controlled oil prices over any long period. In 1989, oil prices (adjusted for inflation)
May 7, 2013 |
My cousin, Ramez, was dead before the echoes of the gunshot that killed him stopped ringing. His 4-year-old daughter, Zeynab, watched him fall on a narrow street in Damascus, but she never heard the shot because she is deaf. She held onto his lifeless hand until a second bullet tore into her chest. She survived. I tell this story to make it clear that my family and I have experienced the civil war firsthand. Ramez was just one of several family members who lost their lives in the battle against Bashar Assad's police state.
February 16, 1985 |
The United States has intervened in currency markets in the last two weeks in an effort to slow the rise of the dollar against foreign currencies, Secretary of the Treasury James A. Baker III said Friday. But he acknowledged that the intervention failed to prevent the dollar, whose soaring value has aggravated the U.S. trade deficit, from rising further. "What I can't do," he told a group of reporters, "is tell you how much more it would have risen if we hadn't intervened."
April 8, 2012 |
The interventionist liberals of the Obama administration were a doleful bunch last week. It was the 20th anniversary of the siege of Sarajevo, when a Bosnian Serb army battered a city full of civilians with artillery while the United States issued ineffective cries of alarm. The comparison with this year's massacres in Syria was painfully apt. Now, as then, the United Nations Security Council has asked both sides to stop shooting, to no great effect. Now, as then, the United States and its allies are rejecting the idea of military intervention as too difficult, too risky, too likely to add to the violence instead of ending it. In Bosnia, it took the United States more than three years and many massacres to decide that diplomatic measures and sanctions weren't enough.