Dear Editor:

Israel lost a great leader several days ago when Ariel Sharon died. This was a man who, when he made the difficult decisions necessary to defend the homeland, made them based on sound military foundation and strategy. Decisions made by Obama, Biden and other senior advisors, all of whom know nothing of military strategy, are made principally on the basis of what is “politically” acceptable to them. Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has made this embarrassingly clear in his book “Duty.”

If the Israeli leadership had the misfortune to have a leader like Obama at any time in its history, they would have been “wiped off the face of the earth” by now, just as the Iranians have wanted to do since their revolution in 1979. But they are still here, thanks not only to Sharon but a long succession of strong, committed leaders.

We don’t have a leader, we have a president who insists on carrying on the charade of meaningless negotiations with the Iranians, reducing sanctions until they are worthless, and putting us and our Middle East allies in increasing risk to a nuclear attack. We need an Ariel Sharon to see that the Iranians do not develop a nuclear weapon capability, not a Casper Milquetoast that makes empty threats and draws imaginary lines in the sand that no longer fool or influence any of our enemies.

Gary Stansbury

This story was posted on January 16, 2014.