Re "Obama must act if Syria engaged in chemical war" (Editorials, Aug. 30): I'm nobody's idea of a pacifist liberal, but striking Syria simply as a moral gesture is not only a bad idea, it's against the law. The War Powers Act is still on the books, and it forbids the president from taking military action not directly related to the safety of the United States.
Even George W. Bush, going into Iraq, made sure to get the support of Congress and the United Nations, as well as our allies. Has the U.N. certified that the chemical attack was actually conducted by Bashar Assad?
Then all that's left is saving face for President Barack Obama and his utterly failed foreign policy. That's not worth one more dollar, one more drone, or especially not one more life.
-- Martin D. Owens, Sacramento