The page one headline, “U.S. Strikes at Syria” (Friday), while factually correct, missed the point. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is a war criminal and last night’s attack will not change his behavior.
The real target was Vladimir Putin. Trump sent him an unambiguous message that the days of Putin pushing the U.S. president around are over. Iran and North Korea should heed the warning as well.
I suspect that the world’s despots and dictators are missing their old friend Barack Obama .
JACK FELTON, BOYNTON BEACH
Trump plays politics
with Syrians’ pain
“Have you left no sense of decency, sir?” was the question asked to Sen. Joseph McCarthy during his infamous hearings in the early 1950s. I feel the same emotions when Trump’s official statement regarding the human tragedy recently experienced in Syria is blamed on Obama and the Obama administration.
Rather than bringing the country, and indeed the world, together in response to this brain-numbing barbarity, he immediately seeks to make political gain out of human suffering.
P.M. PROCACCI, WEST PALM BEACH
Strikes show Trump
is a real president
The horror of the chemical attacks by the Syrian government on civilians gives one mixed feelings of sadness and anger. The response of President Trump gives us a feeling of elation.
As a retired teacher, I woke up thinking how I would respond to my students’ questions about the legality of the attack without the debate and approval of Congress. More importantly, was it a violation of international law?
These questions plague many of us. Despite our feelings of confliction, we must admit that this man elected to the highest office of the land has overnight become a real president.
COLLEEN WIGGINS, WEST PALM BEACH
on chemical weapons
I seem to recall that President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and other members of the Obama administration assured all of us that all chemical weapons had been removed from Syria. That claim was repeated many times.
Now, once again, chemical weapons have been used against innocents in Syria. What happened? Wonder why the media does not ask questions about the Obama administration’s oversight of Syrian chemical weapons removal and destruction?
ALAN CORNET, WELLINGTON
Assad likely to raise
stakes if attacked again
Be not surprised if Bashar al-Assad locates his prisoners at strategic bases as human hostages and threatens to drop more gas bombs if we attack again.
HORACE HONE, WEST PALM BEACH
What about Assad’s
I am a 94-year-old widow who worked mainly in hospitals during my career. Whatever happened to the Hippocratic oath taken by Dr. Bashar al-Assad when he received his medical degree as a doctor of 0phthalmology?
His degree didn’t mean he was only to consider his ophthalmology patients, if I’m not mistaken.
HARRIET BASKIN, WEST PALM BEACH
puts county at risk
The supporters of President Trump claim there are many benefits since he visits and lives here. I can think of one problem.
Since we are nearly at war with North Korea and the government there is threatening to launch nuclear missiles at us, I wonder if our county is on the target list. I get the impression that the North Korea dictator really hates our president and President Trump feels the same [toward them].
So if nuclear war actually breaks out, I do not think that living here will be that safe. That dictator will do everything possible to get the president.
I think people should keep this in mind when they think it is so wonderful that the president lives and visits here.
MICHAEL I. COHEN, WEST PALM BEACH
Why should we pay
for Trump’s visits?
Why do we, the taxpayers and citizens of Palm Beach, have to pay for Trump’s many visits to Palm Beach? Why can’t he meet with dignitaries and others at the White House? Isn’t the White House equipped to host and provide a place for diplomats and presidents to stay?
Why do we have to pay for all the extra costs to protect him, to deal with traffic and to have lost business for many? It seems quite unfair and quite patriotic.
Democrats and Republicans alike should question why this president is squandering the taxpayers’ monies so he can go home to his estate.
KRISTINE ROUSE, LAKE WORTH
in fighting drugs
Kudos to J.E Grossman, “On drug fight, start with the ‘why?’” (Letters, Friday), for hitting the nail on the head regarding our drug fight. Education is the key to stopping this.
We need to discover why people are taking them. We need to find new drugs for those in pain that are not as addicting. But in the end, it is a disease of choice to some degree, and that is what we do not address. Why are they making that choice?
Just like smoking. In this day and age, knowing the hazards, some people still choose to smoke.
Drug rehabs are not doing the trick in most cases. The percentage of successful recoveries are low. The drugs we use to counteract the effects only buy some of them a short reprieve.
Throwing more money is fine, let’s just be sure it goes to the right place. And let’s teach our people that it all starts with a choice.
There is a coach that said, “Children haven’t changed, we have. We demand less, we expect less.” We are afraid to say, “You are responsible for your choices.”
For doctors who are guilty of repeatedly giving out scripts to patients they know are becoming addicted, they should get the highest penalties.
My heart goes out to the families who have lost loved ones and who are slowly watching them spiral deeper into addiction. I agree with J.E. Grossman that “we are starting at the wrong end of the road.” Let’s do this right.
ELIZABETH WENDLER, LAKE WORTH