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Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Re: Warren Edwards Vandell’s “Striking Syria would be just a start” (Sept. 17 letter) on Congress and public opinion today:
I urge people to read “Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh and America’s Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941,” by Lynne Olson. It seems our country is repeating this period. Thinking at that time had been shaped by World War I, just as present thinking has been shaped by the Vietnam and Iraq wars.
I still recall as a child my paternal grandfather telling my father he would be sorry he voted for Roosevelt if Bud, my oldest brother, was killed fighting Europe’s wars. To him, Europe had been fighting among themselves for hundreds of years and that was not going to change. However, I never heard him object to our going to war after Pearl Harbor.
Granted, Obama is no Roosevelt, but the bulk of Congress back then is much like Congress today. They think in terms of recent wars and fail to see that the world and the nature of warfare is rapidly changing. What happens in the Middle East is in our national interest, and traditional armies are not needed either to launch or destroy chemical weapons.
GEORGE W. DALLEY
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