- The Washington Times - Monday, April 22, 2013

I appreciated the editorial about the slight demonstrated by the White House in the Obama administration’s failure to attend former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s funeral (“Slighting the Iron Lady,” April 19). The administration displayed poor form and decorum when they did not send a ranking, actively employed agent of the United States to the service. The leading dignitaries who did attend are retired.

That is not to diminish their positions; they are well-respected abroad. But protocol was not followed. Irrespective of what certain individuals might think of Mrs. Thatcher, she was still the prime minister of England for more than a decade. Unfortunately for this administration, in their view there was nothing to be gained by sending an “official” official.

One wonders whether former Vice President Dick Cheney or former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger would have attended the funeral of a left-leaning prime minister both worked with when they were “officials.”

JULIA DRAGUN

Arlington, Va.