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Mr. President,

It is with very little surprise that I note your decision to bomb Syria to prevent future chemical attacks against its citizens. For nothing is a better distraction from the dire matters at hand than a military provocation and retaliatory action. That the use of these kinds of weapons by Syria against its citizens is nothing new is beside the point. Because the distraction is now useful to you, you’ve acted. It turns an action that could be seen as right-minded and necessary into one that is clearly self-serving and strategic.

And that, Mr. President, is a shame. The past 16 months have been a master class for the American public in the depths to which our president can sink in an effort to enrich himself, his family, and his friends. That the unwinding of your presidency is at hand is both a gift to all of us as well as a reason for real worry: it’s certain to provoke even more extreme action on your part, meant to distract, used to act out, and sure to damage the United States.

We can all only hope that you will do the right thing and resign. In the meantime, we ask that you not inflict any further damage on a country that must survive your presidency.



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