Here we go again with a "chemical weapons" bogey man ("New fears over Syrian conflict," Dec. 4). America invaded and is occupying Iraq thanks to alleged weapons of mass destruction, and now Syria is in our gun sights based on similar claims. Don't we know when to quit with these outdated scare tactics?

Most nightly news shows are talking about a "fiscal cliff" our economy is headed for, and so now is not the time for a new military exercise in the Middle East. As much as I deplore the horrors of present day Syria, there are other nations in the area that should be involved. Everyone knows the Pentagon loves a new engagement, and their ancillary contractors salivate contemplating another lush payday, but America for once needs to demonstrate frugality.

Policing the world is a costly endeavor, and when one considers the needs here at home, taking on the Syrian mess is irresponsible. We have an infrastructure problem stateside due to Hurricane Sandy, so rebuilding Syria's infrastructure should be off the table. It's time to ask other countries not heading for a fiscal cliff to take on the Syria chore!

Rosalind Heid, Baltimore

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