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Letters to the Editor — Aug. 11, 2023



The Issue: President Biden’s behavior following the deaths of US soldiers in the 2021 Kabul airport attack.

The Post’s editorial “Biden’s Snub of Gold Star Families” (Aug. 9) was right on target.

The Biden administration’s treatment of Gold Star families who lost their sons and daughters in Afghanistan is heartless.

There’s no excuse for these families to be so mistreated by President Biden. I can’t imagine Biden being re-elected to the presidency.

Thomas Patrick Folan

Miller Place

Responsibility for the chaos that ensued during the United States withdrawal from Afghanistan lies solely at the feet of the Biden administration.

The White House consistently ignored the advice of its military commanders to conduct the evacuation from Bagram Air Field, which had been controlled by the United States. Instead they ceded a large of part of the operation to the Taliban, which directly resulted in the death of US soldiers and civilians.

The White House’s wanton disregard for the families of the dead in the aftermath and its constant attempt to shift blame for the debacle is unconscionable.

Peter W. Kelly

Hazlet, NJ

Biden’s subhuman response to the Gold Star families — whose loss was caused by the stubbornness and stupidity of Biden’s botched withdrawal from Afghanistan — has been unsurprisingly ignored by most media outlets.

He checked his watch as the flag-draped coffins were returned and misrepresented his son’s death to the face of one of the grief-stricken.

In other words, he has to lie to pretend that he is empathetic. Biden’s new dog is biting the wrong people.

David Rabinovitz

Brooklyn

Is Biden so out-of-touch with the families of US service members that he needs to compare their loss with his?

Joe just cannot show the much-needed empathy that these families deserve. He has to compare their loss with him losing his son Beau six years from cancer after returning from Iraq.

Joe fails miserably at being a human being. He doesn’t care, has zero heart and really is not concerned with anyone. He’s a narcissist.

Ron Zajicek

Cortlandt

The Issue: A 65-year-old woman who was bitten by a shark off Rockaway Beach on Monday.

Yet another swimmer, this time a 65-year-old woman, was attacked and severely bitten by a shark while swimming off of the Rockaway shoreline (“Blood on the sand,” Aug. 9).

This was the first shark attack in this area since the 1950s.

Fortunately, the lifeguards were able to immediately render first aid, which probably saved her life. These lifeguards are to be commended for their rapid response, as this is part of their training.

We hope that she will make a speedy recovery. Jones Beach was also closed because of a shark sighting off of its shores. More and more of these attacks seem to be happening all up and down the Atlantic and Gulf coasts due to the unusually warm waters off of our shorelines.

John Amato

Fresh Meadows

I found it sad and distressing to read about Tatyana Koltunyuk, the 65-year-old woman who was bitten by a shark at Rockaway Beach the other day.

Around the country recently there have been many attacks by sharks, and we all must be careful when swimming.

That means following instructions by lifeguards. To Koltunyuk and her family, I offer my heartfelt prayers for her speedy recovery.

Frederick Bedell

Bellerose

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