LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Speak softly, but maintain the biggest stick

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President Obama apparently has forgotten the immortal words of the old Rough Rider. When Teddy Roosevelt said, “Speak softly, but carry a big stick,” things may not have been as scientifically and militarily advanced as they are today, but common sense was just as essential to our national survival.

All that attempting to keep our enemies on a military and economic par with the United States will accomplish is to invite yet another Pearl Harbor (or worse). And all that those proposed one-third reductions to our nuclear arsenals, along with the continuing depletion of our military capabilities will garner for us, is yet another bloody nose. Community organizing and appeasement are, after all, splendid things in stable times, but I doubt seriously that these skills will ensure our continuing security or even our future survival.

So what if we have enough nukes to destroy the civilized world many times over? The best and indeed the only way to ensure our existence is to continue to make certain that our enemies never forget this fact of life in the real world. And so it is, unfortunately. And why does the name Arthur Neville Chamberlain, along with the years 1937 to 1940, keep popping into my mind?

H. RICK TAVARES

Campo, Calif.

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