What politician doesn’t lack integrity?

April 20, 2010

Columnist Leonard Pitts could write his obituary for John McCain's integrity about every politician ("Here lies John McCain's integrity," April 18). Show me an individual running for office who has not made promises that he or she later regrets or reneges. Perhaps the writer should examine the record of Senator McCain's opponent for presidency, President Barack Obama. During his campaign he pictured himself as the best friend that Israel ever had or would have, mentioning platitudes about the strong relationship between the U.S. and Israel and the need for a safe and secure Israel as an ally of our nation.

Since his election, Mr. Obama has done everything to distance himself from this commitment, as he has voiced support for the Palestinian Authority, started feuds with the leaders of Israel, allowed Iran to continue building a nuclear bomb and has threatened Israel with dire consequences if it does not accede to the most outrageous demands of Mahmoud Abbas. His desertion, not only of Israel but of other allies in favor of the most autocratic and theocratic regimes, is a blight on the U.S. and its reputation as being a model for the world and a supporter of democratic governments.

Nelson Marans, Silver Spring

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