When will our Congress back the president and realize that the Islamic State group and all other terror groups will not be defeated by the United States alone ["Obama vacillates on Islamic State," Letters, Feb. 19]?

This fight needs to be led by Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Since the end of World War II, the United States has given billions of dollars in foreign aid to these countries. If a terror group were in our hemisphere, we would be leading the fight.

The Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, is in the Middle East. Let our allies there fight for themselves. Not one more American life should be lost fighting for somebody else.

Joe DiBenedetto, Massapequa
 

The writer of "Obama vacillates on Islamic State" thinks it's up to our president to amass a coalition of international soldiers to wipe out ISIS. He seems to think this would "eradicate these killers," that it would not be a "long and drawn-out campaign," and that we could "kill all Islamic State members and leave."

This is a simplistic and juvenile approach. Does he really think they could just kill everyone and no one would rise to take their place? Wasn't this the same thinking that was prevalent when we went into Iraq in the first place? "Shock and awe," and we would be done in a few months. How did that work out?

I, for one, am not willing to send one more American soldier to die over there for someone else's interests. It's up to the other Islamic states in that region to take care of this problem.

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Most Americans are sick and tired of us playing policeman to the world, while states such as Saudi Arabia do nothing, hoping we will fight their wars for them. We have enough problems here at home.

Anthony Pirrone, Malverne