I feel compelled to protest Andrew Reiz’s letter (7/14) attempting to put down Barack Obama by comparing him to Jimmy Carter. I lived in England during the Carter administration, and President Carter — unlike George W. Bush — was highly respected abroad. I recall that the British were generally surprised to hear that Carter got so little respect at home.
Thank God that President Carter did not “bomb Tehran into talcum powder” as Reiz recommended. We did that to Hiroshima and Nagasaki with far greater “just cause” than 52 hostages held in the embassy, and to this day no one sane is proud of dropping the A-bomb.
Until the debacle of the war in Iraq, our restraint of our obvious military might gained international respect for America.