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Issue: "After the revolution," Feb. 26, 2011

"The mule and the lamb" (Jan. 15)

Marvin Olasky's article about George Friedman's new book presents a chilling analysis of our country's past and present foreign affairs incompetence. Since 1945 our egos and arrogance have shown us to be international dunces rather than diplomats. Increasingly spoiled Americans vote according to "what's in it for me" rather than what's best for the country. Friedman's book may well provide this country's epitaph if we can't bring ourselves to consider seriously the world's real issues.
Don Keene; Edmonds, Wash.

"Ending the fibbing" (Jan. 15)

Having recently retired from the military, I believe that the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" will have dire consequences. Now gays can serve "openly." What does that mean? How many additional hours of sensitivity training do the troops need now? Instead of combat training, we will conduct classes on how to tolerate straights, lesbians, homosexuals, cross-gendered, and those who are questioning. Where will this lead?
Roman G. Golash; Palatine, Ill.

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Conduct in the military should be totally devoid of any sexual concerns. Troops need to react instinctively to commands, with implicit confidence that there are no ulterior motives in those commands. When David saw to it that Uriah was assigned the most dangerous position on the battlefield and then killed, surely the troops took notice and David's credibility as a commander was destroyed. Our nation's survival is not a social experiment.
Pete Malone; St. Charles, Ill.

Two or three years ago my company added the phrase, "showing aversion toward an individual because of . . . sexual orientation, gender identity" to its policy defining offensive conduct. This year it decided to provide benefits to same-sex partners. So, now gays can be open about their sin even if it is offensive to Christians, Jews, and Muslims, but it's not OK to make statements about it. Why does this not make sense?
K. Meyer; Chantilly, Va.

"A bold venture" (Jan. 15)

Many thanks for your most recent article about a New Year's mission statement. These seem to be very exciting times to be a Christian. As I read, listen, watch, and think, it seems that God is moving deeply in His church to help us do what you advocate: Step into those waters before they have parted.
Mary Flickner; Duncanville, Texas

After reading "A bold venture," my wife and I read from our favorite devotional book by Fredrik Wislof, in which he says: "Dear God, grant that the tapestry of my life may be properly woven. I give Thee the shuttle. Do with me as Thou wilt, if only Thy image may some day be the design in my tapestry when the threads of my life are cut off and the tapestry is judged." From that I made the following mission statement: To have Christ's image as the design in the tapestry of my life each day.
David R. Christenson; Lynnwood, Wash.

"Swearing off pork" (Jan. 15)

The article by Emily Belz and Edward Lee Pitts was very enlightening. I pulled out my old four-function calculator to figure out the per "porkchop" price for those 9,000 earmarks in 2010, but it didn't have enough digits to enter the entire $17 billion. Using my daughter's school calculator, I came up with $1.9 million per pop. If Congress can't cut down on earmarks, we're in for continuing rough waters.
Tim Sizemore; Freehold, N.J.

This was a great article highlighting the untiring efforts by a determined minority to stop the earmark gravy train, but you didn't mention Sen. Jim DeMint's heroic efforts. It was he who challenged the Senate last November to a two-year earmark ban. His persistence persuaded Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell to have a change of heart on the issue.
John Hutcheson; Greenville, S.C.

"Choice denied" (Jan. 15)

It is truly shocking that nurse Catherina Cenzon-DeCarlo was pressured to participate against her conscience in a late-term abortion. Shame on Mount Sinai Hospital. At the same time, she was not "forced" to participate. She was "pressured" to participate and she chose to give in. She could have refused and accepted the consequences, probably losing her job. But the value of human life far surpasses the value of one's career.
Geoffrey L. Willour; Brick, N.J.

"Worthy western" (Jan. 15)

I was glad to see WORLD give a positive review of True Grit, but I have to point out that the film's "comic gore" cannot be laid at the feet of the Coen brothers. The scene in which one bandit cuts off the fingers of another comes straight from the source, Charles Portis' excellent novel, which is well worth reading even if you've seen the movie.
Jordan M. Poss; Tiger, Ga.

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