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The truth about Obama's foreign policy

9:08 AM EDT, June 17, 2013

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Reader Nelson Marans' recent letter about President Obama's foreign policy contains numerous misstatements ("Ehrlich is right; Obama's foreign policy a shambles," June 12).

First, the Egyptian people overthrew a corrupt and incompetent government. The U.S. had nothing to do with it.

Second, Syria is involved in a civil war that has nothing to do with the U.S. We are correct to stay out of it.

Third, there is no evidence that Iran, a country that does not threaten U.S. national interests, has either nuclear weapons or a weapons program. We should dialogue and trade with Iran, not threaten it.

Finally, what President Obama should do is give Israel an ultimatum: Either sign a just peace settlement with the Palestinians, based on pre-1967 borders with East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital, or the U.S. ends all financial, military and diplomatic aid to the country. This would immediately resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Ray Gordon, Bel Air