Letters to the editor on Syria, Kobach, adoption

09/06/2013 5:13 PM

09/06/2013 5:13 PM

Obama left U.S. with bad options

Never engage in bravado when the march of time and changing circumstances may require you to play your cards, or be regarded inept otherwise. With events unfolding since his “red line” provocation, President Obama is left with but two options: Commit only American lives and resources to the Syrian civil war, or turn and walk off into the sunset with the reputation of one who does not carefully think before he speaks.

He’s been left committing America to do it alone, just as Russia and China admonished him not to do. He is between a rock and a hard place, just as every unskilled manager sooner or later finds himself.

Al-Qaida’s affiliate in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra, is generally acknowledged to be the most effective force fighting the Syrian government. That leaves it as Obama’s ally in Syria at the very time he and his military continue fighting al-Qaida in Afghanistan and elsewhere. The irony is stark.

Can anyone have any confidence in what Obama is doing? He has committed our nation to become involved in another country’s civil war in which the combatants on both sides hold none of our values. Regardless of who prevails, America’s interests and favorability rating will remain unaltered.

As Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., noted, Syria is “a good example of why the Constitution gives Congress the power to declare war and not the executive branch.”

RON A. HOFFMAN

Rose Hill

Weapons a horror

President Obama is against the most heinous weapon of massive consequences: chemical weapons. They were recognized as such a horror against humankind by nations worldwide that they were internationally banned a few decades ago. Yet a tiny nation has that power stockpiled. Why?

Syria’s government allegedly has used chemical warfare on its citizens, including hundreds of children. It has defied all of us war-weary peace-seekers to do anything about it, calculating that we’re all talk.

Obama has tried warnings and sought international guts and inside information. He has determined how long to talk and when to move. He is the president; we aren’t. We don’t have all the information, and shouldn’t want it so much that we tip our hand or weaken our defensive security. I pray for our world leaders, and back my leader, greatly.

JOYCE MARKLEY

Wichita

Not another war

Let us all pray that the United States does not conduct a military strike on Syria unless all members of the United Nations Security Council agree, and then only with their full participation both militarily and financially. The United States should not get into another war in the Middle East between warring Muslim factions. This is a Middle East Muslim problem, and they should be the ones to deal with this. If we intervene, we will again be seen as Western invaders and wind up being hated by both sides of this war.

We are not the world police force. If the world wants a marshal, then the U.N. members need to put together that police force and make it strong enough to deal with what must be dealt with. We are still in a war in Afghanistan after more than a decade, and in the end that region will go back to the same Afghanistan that was there before the war. An overwhelming percentage of Americans polled do not want another war in the Middle East, period.

KEN SPEAR

Wichita

Kobach’s extremism

If the native American Indians had had a strict anti-immigration policy in the 17th century and beyond, maybe Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s ancestors would not have been able to immigrate to America.

Then we would not have to put up with his extremism.

PAUL A. MILLER

Wichita

Gift of adoption

When you think about the gift of adoption, what does the word “gift” mean to you? Your answer probably depends on how your life has been touched by adoption.

Some might think about the birth mother, who accepts the gift of life despite the less-than-optimal circumstances in her life at that time. Others might acknowledge the birth mother’s gift of life to her child. And most everyone would agree that the adoption of a child is an extraordinary gift to a childless couple.

But for birth mothers who have made an adoption plan, the gift is the family she gives to her child. She knows that she is not able to provide all the good things she wants for her child, including a family, so she pushes her needs and her heart aside for the sake of her child.

“After the Gift” retreats help birth mothers deal with their struggles and emotions after the adoption. The retreat team consists of professionals and birth mothers who understand and can help birth moms experience growth and healing after they’ve made the tough decision of adoption. A retreat will be held next weekend and is sponsored by the Catholic Diocese of Wichita.

CAROLYN UTTER

Bel Aire

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