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Letter: No nostalgia for foreign policy

Rep. Peter King emerges from a closed-door meeting

Rep. Peter King emerges from a closed-door meeting with House Republicans to work on an approach to immigration reform at the Capitol in Washington. (July 10, 2013) Credit: AP

I hope Rep. Peter King was joking when he said, "I don't see anyone else . . . speaking up for the Eisenhower foreign policy, the Reagan foreign policy" ["President Peter King?" News, July 28]. But I doubt it.

The fact that King is pining for policies that overthrew democracies, replacing them with despotic dictatorships, is frightening. Eisenhower did this with his illegal and immoral regime change in Iran and Guatemala, to name only two.

Almost 60 years later, the world is still reeling from those coups.

Reagan and his cohorts showed utter contempt for the rights of our neighbors in Central America. The mere thought of "speaking up" for that sorry time in U.S. history is appalling!

V.W. Walsh, Huntington