Sen. John McCain's belief that he is qualified to criticize our nation's foreign policy in Iraq is an assumption that has proved to be unsupported by the facts in the past ["The hawks got it wrong," News Column, June 22].
His analysis and conclusion that the current calamity in Iraq is due to President Barack Obama's failure to keep troops in that country is flawed. The record shows that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki demanded that we leave his country, despite Obama administration proposals that we leave behind a stabilizing force.
If the senator wants someone to blame, he need look no further than his own party and the infamous George W. Bush-Dick Cheney administration.
My respect for McCain (R-Ariz.) as a soldier and a patriot is boundless. As an observer and commentator on our country's foreign affairs, he would best serve our government while resting at his home in Sedona, Arizona, enjoying the beauty of its unique red geology.
William F. Haffey, Massapequa
If our country engages in battle in Iraq, we should hope that a massive coalition of countries steps in to stop the atrocities being inflicted by the militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
The United States should use its might to destroy all of their tanks and sophisticated weapons and get out as quickly as possible.
The world is pushing us around and we need to make a statement.
Ray Collette, Selden