Ehrlich is right that Obama's Mideast policy has failed

Former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. is right to be disturbed by the Obama administration's flawed Middle East policy ("As Mideast burns, Obama fiddles," Sept. 30).

Arab nations that formerly had governments that may not have been friendly but at least tolerated the U. S. now have rulers who mostly represent the Muslim Brotherhood and an agenda that is not only anti-democratic but anti-American.

An even more serious foreign-policy failing in that region is the current administration's ambivalence and ambiguity regarding the security of Israel. It has issued conflicting statements as to what we plan to do as Iran gets closer to building a nuclear weapon capable of destroying Israel.

Although Congress has long supported strong sanctions against Iran, the administration has fought for major exceptions, thus casting doubt on whether the U.S. actually would prevent Iran from obtaining a bomb. Words backed by action are more convincing than words alone.

Nelson Marans, Silver Spring

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