Re "Congress must step up on Syria crisis" (Editorials, Sept. 3): Although I support U.S. military action in Syria in response to Bashar Assad's use of poison gas, the most charitable word I can use to describe the editorial is inept.
Inept because Sen. John McCain never insisted (or even suggested) a full-scale invasion; inept for suggesting that by just threatening military action, Obama may have already deterred Assad from further attacks (what other threat did his "red line" infer, pray tell?); and inept, as well as condescending and demeaning, to use Obama administration talking points language in telling Congress to overcome petty partisanship to approve Obama's initiative.
There is nothing petty about the sincere debate I have been hearing, and there has been plenty of concern for the risks of military action from the left as well as the right. I pay $250 a year for this shoddy work?
-- Harvey Swenson, Sacramento