I'm watching in horror as Iraq implodes. And I'm observing another disaster taking place closer to home, namely the massive breach of our southern borders by thousands of unaccompanied children.

This country has no right to go wage war all around the globe if we can't secure the integrity of our own territory. It's ironic that both the collapse of Iraq and the uncontrolled surge here at home have happened almost simultaneously.

"Isolation is dead," you say — but now it looks pretty good ("Hard choices in Iraq," June 17). This country's global meddling, futile "nation building" and effort to create a Pax Americana just haven't worked. And if "America's position in the world, loss of respect by our allies" is the result, we have only ourselves to blame.

If we had paid heed to George Washington's farewell address and eschewed international conflicts, we would not be suffering the loss of face we are today. And when the entire world witnesses our inability to stem the surge of illegal immigration into our country, we must really be a laughingstock.

The Iraq war has cost us so much in blood and treasure. I hate to think what our veterans and families of the lost are saying today. I never heard of the Islamic group ISIS and apparently neither did our intelligence community. Not only did they miss what was in store for Iraq, they also missed what was happening in Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico. When will America get its act together?

R. Nester Ellis, Baltimore

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