Re "House budget effort fizzles" (Page A1, Oct. 16): The expressed goal of al-Qaida and the Taliban is to destroy the "Great Satan." No group or country can beat us militarily; we are too strong. But the way to destroy a capitalist country is to destroy its economy.
Tea party members of Congress are doing their best to shut down our nation and, come Thursday, have us default on our national debt. This would be the same as a homeowner not paying their mortgage, leading to foreclosure. This led to China, our economic competitor and former Cold War enemy, to call for a "de-Americanized world" to take us out of the power equation in the world. These tea party members are attempting to achieve what the Taliban and al-Qaida could not -- the destruction of the United States of America.
-- Wayne A. MacDonald, El Dorado Hills