America should fix its own problems first, then the world's
This is in reply to Robert S. Nelson's July 23 letter to the editor titled: "Use America's wealth for good, not war." He ended his letter with "What do you think?"
I think that when you mention the United Nations, all you need to think of is Rwanda. While UN delegates twiddled their thumbs and debated, millions of people died. Plus, they keep trying to subvert our Second Amendment rights.
When I think of Somalia, I think of the dead, naked American soldier being dragged through the streets of Mogadishu. Those who do not learn from their mistakes are doomed to repeat them. I hope we have learned our lesson.
Rev. Nelson speaks of America's wealth. Does he not know we are trillions of dollars in debt? I think Rev. Nelson needs to take a look at our national debt and our trade deficit numbers. America is not rolling in wealth, we are a debtor nation.
I think, in addition, that there are a huge number of Americans who need help in these distressing economic times. As for my tax dollars, I think it is time for America to take care of its own house and its own people before giving our "wealth" to the rest of the world.