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Secretary of State Antony Blinken, speaks ahead of a bilateral meeting with Italy's Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, not shown, at the State Department, Monday, April 12, 2021, in Washington. (Mandel Ngan/Pool via AP)

Illicit Iranian-Chinese oil trafficking threatens U.S. credibility

In the three months since President Biden took office, Iran has been testing U.S. resolve by escalating its uranium enrichment activities, directing terrorist proxies to attack U.S. forces, and taking another American hostage.

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Surveys hardly scientific

The headline "Infectious disease experts say coronavirus mutations will make vaccines useless within a year" (Web, March 31) is a bit hyperbolic, but it poses the question of how useful the coronavirus vaccines are. At this point there are not any studies showing a strong association between lockdowns and mask wearing, and infections and infection fatality rates. Some vaccines are extraordinarily effective, and many others fall far short. The polio vaccine was a major breakthrough. The flu vaccine, less so.

Biden won't save us

The interesting and relevant commentary piece by Brandon J. Weichert ("Addressing, and strengthening, the weaknesses of the U.S. military," Web, March 31) is spoiled by the weak ending suggesting that the Biden administration quickly address these problems.

Stop giving Iran 'treats'

There are basic principles of human behavior which the Biden-Harris administration is ignoring in its misguided approach to Iran. The great psychologist B.F. Skinner elucidated the principle that when a particular behavior is followed by a reward, that behavior increases. We can see this process occurring as President Biden and Vice President Harris closely follow each instance of Iranian intransigence regarding re-entry into an Iran deal with a new, more conciliatory offer. From releasing billions of dollars to dropping the requirement that Iran first cease its nuclear proliferation violations of the Iran deal, the Biden-Harris administration is guaranteeing increased Iranian intransigence.

President Joe Biden delivers a speech on infrastructure spending at Carpenters Pittsburgh Training Center, Wednesday, March 31, 2021, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden should answer North Korea's missiles with a missive

Old habits die hard, and North Korea has once again greeted new American leadership with the rattling of the saber. Rather than allow the unsettling sound to reverberate unanswered, a more productive course would be to reaffirm progress toward denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula made during the previous administration, and to ask the North to do the same.

Kennedys owe Romney apology

The JFK Library Foundation's decision to award Sen. Mitt Romney its annual Profile in Courage award for his support of the Trump impeachment has drawn much commentary ("Mitt Romney gets Profile in Courage Award for impeachment vote," Web, March 26). Overlooked is a shameful chapter in the Kennedy family's dealings with Mr. Romney.

'Health' funds could go to terrorists

Why has the Biden administration reversed policy toward the Palestinians ("U.S. gives $15 million to Palestinians to deal with COVID-19," Web, March 25)? Is it just to differentiate itself from former President Trump or do they have a goal?