I am a committed U.S. citizen who loves his country, a former U.S. Marine and a participating Jew, but I am currently feeling some concern and fear. I strongly believe that when leadership loses the respect and trust of the majority, it's time to re-evaluate or step aside. I believe that we have either achieved or are rapidly approaching this "fork-in-the-road" moment for the White House, a time for evaluation and decision making. Where do we want to stand in the overwhelming threat of terrorism ("Another reluctant warrior in the White House," Feb. 16)?

My response is not precipitated by politics but by the belief that if change of attitude and positioning is not soon to be implemented, our country will be dealing with a tragic episode. Interestingly, up until the current administration, I never remembered hearing a U.S. administration addressed as a "regime." This leaves a negative impression on me.

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I do have a problem with our present leadership often making reference to "my team" or "what I want." Would it not be more appropriate and inclusive to say, "the team" or "our team" and "what we want" where top advisers and professionals contributed to a unified decision?

Do we have to wait for another Sept. 11 to wake up? Compared to the much smaller and less powerful nations taking bold action to diminish terrorism, we might appear as the "JV team," rather than a dedicated leader facing this world crisis. We have been lucky for the past 13 years but terrorism is what it is — "the shadow on our backs."

J. Leonard Schleider, Baltimore

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