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The U.S. should stay out of the crisis in Crimea [Letter]

The Crimea is in crisis and here we go again, off to police the world ("Russia brings trucks, armor into Ukraine's Crimea by ship," March 14).

Europe should be leading the charge, not us. One figure being tossed about is around $1 billion in U.S. aid.

That money would be better spent here to help our veterans or repair the country's crumbling infrastructure. There's no need for us to "take the lead" in the Crimea. The region is in Europe's neighborhood, not ours.

If Secretary of State John Kerry is a fan of poetry, he might study Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade." It refers to a British assault during the Crimean War in 1854.

I have no idea what that war was about, but the poem nevertheless illustrates the disastrous outcomes that can happen when countries blunder into conflicts. The charge of the Light Brigade ended in a bloody, horrible mess.

Americans are tired of taxpayer dollars (and lives) being squandered in places that have no strategic value to us. We've seen enough blunders already and I'm not looking forward to yet another one.

R. E. Heid, Baltimore

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