Michael Barone had an interesting perspective in "Two Troublesome Powers" [July 16].
A delusional and unpredictable foreign policy, consolidation of power in the executive branch, sycophantic courts, and the suppression of citizens' rights is his description of our on again-off again allies from Russia. However, the parallels of this description and the current administration in Washington are hard to miss. Until the basic human dignities described by our Founding Fathers are embraced by the Bush administration, we can only assume that your counterparts in the Russian press have a similar view of us.
Valley Forge, Pa.
What arrogance! Putin is "irrational" for opposing our decision to put missile installations right next door to his country? Maybe Russia should put some missile installations in Canada and Cuba to protect us from Guatemala and Venezuela! If Europe is really under threat, why aren't the Europeans putting in these defense systems? "Irrational" is going halfway around the world to counter a threat which may not even exist.