Washington’s Mideast policy is incoherent 

President Barack Obama has once again retreated into passivity in response to the murderous bloodbath being inflicted on the Libyan people by the despotic Moammar Gadhafi. Rather than lead a coalition of countries in stopping indiscriminate bombing of Libyan civilians through imposition of a “no-fly zone,” Obama withdraws into inaction.

The comparison between Obama’s strong words against Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak, a one-time pillar of American Middle East policy, and his long silence regarding Libya’s Gadhafi, whose hands are dripping with American blood after four decades of terrorism, demonstrates to Arabs that the White House has an incoherent Middle East policy.

Obama’s passivity was initially on display in June 2009, when millions of Iranians took to the streets to protest the rigged election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. At a time when Iran’s “Green Revolution” needed American support, Obama dithered in inaction for two weeks.

Jim Hartman, Berkeley

Drill, baby, one more time

Back in 2008 when the Republicans said, “Drill, baby, drill!” the intellectual elites told us that any new oil wells we drilled wouldn’t produce any meaningful amounts of oil for two years.

So now, almost three years later, oil prices are again over $100 a barrel and Obama has taken most Gulf wells off-line because one deep-water well in 20 years had a blow-out. And wind and solar are as much pie in the sky as ever.

Good thing we listen to our self-proclaimed betters. They never lead us astray.

Cary Fulbright, San Francisco

Polk Street blighted

We who live near the homeless shelter at 1001 Polk St. have been told as soon as the former Golden Gate Avenue. YMCA is converted, 1001 Polk will be torn down. But that was several years ago and our problems have gotten worse. More sleeping on the street, more drug sellers and other troublemakers day and night.

City Hall just does not know or does not want to know what goes on in the lower Polk Street area. The San Francisco Police Department does little but roll by in a patrol car now and then, but little else is done. It’s time to clean up the area for good.

Robert McDowell, San Francisco

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