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Regarding Dan Simpson’s Dec. 4 column “The Right Kind of Pivot,” in which he urges U.S. avoidance of military involvement in East Asia:

Although I’ve never been a big fan of Mr. Simpson due to his perceived notion that only diplomacy can save the world, I do read his opinions to obtain varying perspectives on many issues.

However, when he compares U.S. involvement in the quarrel between China and Japan over the Senkaku/​Diaoyu Islands as the “moral equivalent of the NCAA intervening in an offside-penalty call in a football game between two small South Dakota high schools,” his ability to put things into perspective comes into question.

To compare economic superpower Japan and economic and military superpower China to a couple of South Dakota high school football teams demonstrates a complete lack of perspective. When he later states that “these matters are not our affair,” he appears to be turning his back on his revered diplomacy, which often includes a show of force to get the U.S. message across. Which side of the fence will Mr. Simpson be sitting on tomorrow?

JOHN A. DRAGER
Jefferson Hills


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