"The Axis of Braggadocio" [July 16] carried a two-page spread of Venezuela's Hugo Chávez visiting President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Iran.
Recall that Ahmadinejad not long ago visited Chávez in Venezuela, and this is Chávez's third trip to Iran. Is all this prelude to Ahmadinejad's emplacing nuclear-tipped missiles in Venezuela as Soviet Premier Khrushchev tried to do in Cuba in 1962? What would America do in response to the action? What would the presidential candidates do? I'm worried.
Capt. Arthur S. Jensen
U.S. Navy (Ret.) Parkville, Md.
Why should we consider "rougher sanctions" toward Iran and foreign countries when most do not like Americans anyway? We should quit sending money out of the country and start taking care of our own here. Not to say others around the world do not need help, but we are getting into a position where we need to think of ourselves first. What would our forefathers think of the mess politicians have made?