- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Tuesday’s election can be summed up as follows: President Obama gave America the rope and America hanged itself. The next four years will see the United States diminished even further. Our place in the world has suffered badly over the last four years, and the decline will only be accelerated.

Friends and foes in the rest of the world are shaking their heads and wondering how a once-mighty and proud nation could be brought down by its own people. Our friends will be fearful and our enemies emboldened. Our friends will be more accommodating to those who wish us ill. Benghazi was only the appetizer for our enemies. We have no one to blame but ourselves. Elections have consequences, and the consequences of the last election will pale in comparison to the consequences that will befall this country now.

JOSEPH R. FARRELL

Alexandria, Va.