How appropriate the front page photo shows a joyous Libyan rebel in American battle dress uniform ("Rebels in Tripoli" Aug. 22). Glad he's so happy. As a taxpayer I'm sickened to realize once again our dollars (billions of them) have been squandered in another unnecessary war.

So I guess now we can look forward to the executions of Moammar Gadhafi, his son and other family members. Where does our Constitution mandate America must police the world? While NATO will claim honors for the Libyan rebel victory, everyone knows it was the United States that did the heavy lifting. And while I'm speaking of expenses, who is going to pay for the clean-up of that country, care for the maimed and wounded, the resettlement of refugees and the repair of Tripoli's infrastructure? Naturally it will be us, the American taxpayer!

We are coming up on the 10th anniversary of September 11th. This might be a good time to reflect on our nation's foreign and military policies.

But instead, it's probably now "On to Damascus!" I'm ashamed.

Rosalind Ellis Heid, Baltimore