Letters to the Editor

Domestic issues first

I feel encouraged. More of my fellow countrymen are beginning to agree that pressing problems at home should be given more attention and more resources, while military actions in world trouble spots such as the Middle East should be curtailed. People are asking what the blood and treasure expended in Iraq and Afghanistan have gained for us. Are we more secure? Is our prestige abroad gaining or waning? Is there some compelling reason for America to always be in the forefront in finding solutions to unsolvable problems such as the age-old religious and tribal strife in Syria and Iraq or the Israeli-Palestinian stalemate? And if we must be involved, doesn’t diplomacy beat military confrontation?

I detect some change in attitude in Congress reflecting a national desire to concentrate more on domestic problems at the expense of such an active role in international affairs. Good!