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Letter: Appeasement jeopardizes security

President Obama is making mistakes impacting our foreign policy. The administration tried appeasement when it declared Chavez's president-for-life referendum was "for the most part a process that was fully consistent with a democratic process."

The administration looked the other way when Russia pressured Kyrgyestan to shut down a valuable U.S. airbase. In Turkey, Obama said, "The United States is not, and never will be, at war with Islam," which is true, but he should have stated the U.S. will pursue Islamic terrorists.

The president warned North Korea it would suffer "consequences" if it went ahead with the launch of a long range missile, but North Korea snubbed the U.S. and launched the missile on a 2,000-mile run. Also, North Korea recently restarted its nuclear weapons development program.

Obama attempted to charm Iran, but Iran's parliament speaker rebuked our president and told him the U.S. has to acknowledge 60 years of crimes against Iran, change our policies, and abandon Israel.

Appeasing and apologizing (for nothing) to these totalitarian countries is interpreted as groveling weakness by the administration, and it is jeopardizing our national security.

Donald A. Moskowitz,

Londonderry, NH