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Forum, July 19: British ambassador’s comments are irrelevant


Sunday, July 21, 2019
British ambassador’scomments are irrelevant

This is a response to the recent Forum letter by Bernie Quigley (“How about a Romney-Haley Republican ticket in 2020?” July 10). My response is in several parts.

First, the British ambassador says President Donald Trump is “inept” and that “we” (whoever “we” is) are “at the beginning of a downward spiral.” Really? The U.S. economy is growing and expanding. Minority and female employment are at historic highs. Wages are on the rise. Unemployment is at historic lows. The U.S. has reasserted its leadership on the world stage. We have a replacement for the terrible NAFTA treaty. We have withdrawn from the awful Paris climate agreement. The U.S. is trying to make inroads with North Korea and China. We have placed Iran “on notice.” We will not see U.S. sailors in an Iran-engineered spectacle. “Downward spiral”? “Inept”? Hardly. If the British ambassador wants to see ineptness, he might look no further than the mess that is Brexit.

Mitt Romney is a “less-than-closet” liberal. A “severely conservative governor”? Hardly. RomneyCare was the blueprint for the disaster that is Obamacare. No conservatives would have any government-run, single-payer health care scheme on their radar. I believe Romney is a “Never Trumper.” As the standard-bearer for the Republican Party, he would be a disaster. I’m surprised he hasn’t changed to the Democratic Party.

Nikki Haley’s tenure as U.N. ambassador was exceptional. Then she quit in the middle of the battle. As governor of South Carolina, Haley called for the removal of the Confederate flag from the Statehouse for no apparent reason other than caving to pressure from left-wing, liberal, “P.C.” ideologues. Her response to the 2016 State of the Union address was pablum. I would find it impossible to vote for any Republican ticket with her name on it.

President Trump’s domestic and foreign policies are working. The only things being wrecked are “deals” that made the U.S. the world’s ATM and patsy. What the British ambassador has to say is repulsive and irrelevant.

ALAN TANENBAUM

Grantham

What will history show?

Those of us who grew up in the 1940s and ’50s were regularly exposed to pop-historical versions of World War II and the Nazis. We came away with what seemed then, and what seems now, to be a frequently surprisingly accurate accounting that has stood up well under later historical scrutiny.

Today’s capabilities for recording and transmitting information about current events, of course, far exceed what was possible then, but we can only wonder whether a comparably accurate record of our period can survive. What is put out as current news looks to carry with it Hitlerian or Orwellian distortions of the most objectionable kind. It seems possible for our government to manufacture willfully inaccurate versions of what goes on, with no apparent penalties attached.

It is still possible to obtain largely unfiltered and uncontaminated news, if one looks for it in the right places. We can only wonder how long it might take before the window closes on the flow of true facts.

DAVID MONTGOMERY

Hanover

An enthralling collaboration

Bravo and kudos to the enthralling collaboration of performers from Opera North, the Big Apple Circus and Circus Smirkus at Blow-Me-Down Farm in Cornish celebrating the opening of Opera North’s 36th season (“Opera is in the air,” July 11).

The entire cast, crew and orchestra were superb in presenting us with one of the most memorable and delightful afternoon’s entertainment anywhere in recent memory.

PIERRE FOURNIER

Hartland Four Corners