The way we hear the words

Re “A war of fiery words,” Aug. 10

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

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

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.

Then, 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

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

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 the next guy.

Yes, the cool kids in the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion were ge­niuses at coin­ing hip phrases like “strate­gic pa­tience” while the de­cid­edly evil dic­ta­tor con­tin­ued to as­sem­ble his nu­clear arse­nal. And, as usual, the cool kids and their in­ac­tion were widely ac­cepted and lauded by the paci­fist left.

But now we have a grown-up as pres­i­dent who is will­ing to step up to the plate and ac­tu­ally con­front this dan­ger head-on. No cute say­ings, no “con­tem­pla­tive” mus­ings about six­party talks that don’t work and no of­fers of ap­pease­ment — just plain talk and bold ac­tion. Joseph Schill­moeller Gar­dena

A straight-for­ward, hon­est fel­low like Don­ald Trump would never think of cre­at­ing a di­ver­sion, such as a war with North Korea, in or­der to di­vert at­ten­tion away from his own po­lit­i­cal woes — the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into his dal­liance with Rus­sia — now would he? Joann Ran­dall New­port Beach

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