Words as weapons in North Korea exchange

To the editor: My generation, the boomers, were born just after a most lethal war. Families lived relentless trauma from it.

(Re “A war of fiery words,” Aug. 10 and “President takes war of words up a notch,” Aug 11)

When we were toddlers, the Soviet Union exploded its first atomic bomb. Lives felt threatened in a terrifying way. In 1950, North Korea invaded South Korea; the U.S. went into the conflict. Americans suffered: Fathers, uncles, brothers and neighbors’ boys died gruesome deaths or returned maimed and troubled.

Later, the U.S. tested the massive hydrogen bomb; we children saw its fearsome detonation on TV. “Drop and cover” exercises were held in schools.

In 1962 came the Cuban missile crisis; the Vietnam War followed, devastating our generation. War’s ugliness and terror cloaked our entire childhood and youth.

When we hear President Trump carelessly threaten that he can unleash unspeakable horror, those of my generation lose sleep and we fear. We understand what is unleashed.

Walter Dominguez, Los Angeles

To the editor: Two crazies who can not control their fiery words make for a terrified and uncertain world.

And of course, Trump’s aides defend his words. They always defend his words.

That’s one of the main problems with this presidency: No one speaks truth to power. No one in his closest circle of aides and advisors has the ability to rein in Trump’s tweets or prepare him — or us — for the consequences of his bombastic utterances and false claims.

Whatever happened to reasoned leadership, to calm, controlled assurances from our commander in chief ?

Bette Mason, Corona del Mar

To the editor: It is no surprise that the readers of The Times despise the language President Trump used to confront the maniacal dictator of North Korea. They prefer the previous administration’s cool, stylish rhetoric designed to “kick the can down the road” and leave the most dire threat in our history to…

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