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Letter: Elect leaders based on policy, actions

To the editor,

True liberty is not defined as the right to do what one pleases, but rather the responsibility to do what is right so one can live with the results of their actions with a clear conscience.

Therefore we should elect leaders based on policy, not party or personality, so that if ever we are betrayed by their actions we can take the necessary steps to remove them based on reason rather than emotion.

The administration of President Trump, like recent administrations, has now turned aside from seeking the advancement of this nation and has become entangled in foreign conflicts that are without end. Just as President G.W. Bush dragged us into the second Gulf War by deceptively stating Saddam supported Al Qaeda's involvement in 911 and that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, along with his misguided effort to impose democracy, caused the deaths of untold thousands, destroyed Iraq's infrastructure and ended up costing this nation trillions of dollars.

Add to that the Obama administration's premature pullout of Iraq that enabled ISIS, his support of the Muslim Brotherhood that destroyed Libya, decimated Syria, and lost Egypt as a staunch ally, and again resulted in the deaths of thousands, and has cost the U.S. taxpayer trillions of dollars. Not to mention the failed policies in Afghanistan, Ukraine and Crimea, Iran and reviving the Russian bear.

Now President Trump, without congressional or UN approval, is on the verge of going to war with Russia by attacking their ally Syria, because he believes President Assad ordered the use of chemical weapons on his own people, something Secretary of Defense James Mattis admitted in the past there was no evidence that the Syrian government used chemical weapons against its own people in 2013 or 2017.

Dwight Messner

Grand Forks