- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 25, 2011

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Tensions are rising in the Middle East. The prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, addressed both houses of Congress Tuesday on the growing crisis in Israel, the only democracy in the region, praising America and receiving 30 standing ovations. Tornados are ravaging Middle America. Deadly floods are wreaking havoc in the heartland. There is a war going on in Afghanistan. Iran is close to having nuclear arms. Gas is $4 a gallon. Unemployment is near 10 percent. Food prices are rising. We are facing a crisis on the debt. The American economy is on life support.

While all this is occurring, the president of the United States is being feted in Ireland, yuking it up, drinking beer and making jokes about his Irish ancestry. Then he travels to England for “the royal treatment” (“Obama’s royal recompense,” Politics, Wednesday).

Do you see something wrong with this picture? Be advised, Mr. President: “Nero fiddled while Rome burned.” Get back home and do your job.

LORRAINE RYAN

Berwyn Heights

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