Words do have consequences

To the editor:

I find the most unfortunate and intemperate choice of words uttered recently by 2008 Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain of Arizona, where he virtually attempted to place the blame for the current, most troubling, situation in the Ukraine by accusing the president publicly as having a weak and indecisive foreign policy to have been unnecessarily inflammatory during an already volatile situation, as well as inaccurate.

I also find it quite ironic and contradictory that a fairly significant number of conservatives and Republicans have somehow incredibly accused President Barack Obama of acting as if he was a “dictator,” but now accuse him as being “weak and indecisive.”

Perhaps such demagogues should simply attempt to better coordinate their political talking points?

Such comments as those by McCain can well serve to further embolden those who would do us harm and perhaps should never be spoken publicly, for in times of international crisis, a united front must be presented to our adversaries for the good of our great nation.

When one, such as McCain, is granted a national forum to express his or her views, such should be acutely aware of the reaction that such verbiage may generate outside of the national political arena, and proceed responsibly and with a modicum of caution, as such comments could well place our nation and our allies in even greater jeopardy.

My advice for McCain is to finally place the 2008 election in the past, where it belongs, and to focus his venom on our foreign adversaries and not on our president.

Richard Hord

Martins Ferry