David Brooks missed one important quality Barack Obama has. The president has a great deal of courage.

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David Brooks missed one important quality Barack Obama has (“I miss Barack Obama,” Opinion, Feb. 11). The president has a great deal of courage. Moreover, he has been able to use his courage with honor.

Brooks does not recognize the president’s courage because Brooks thinks America’s Middle East policy is too cautious. He doesn’t seem to be aware of what it takes to prevent America from becoming involved in another quagmire. There is a deep, dark history that must be dealt with in this endeavor.

America will inevitably be drawn into another quagmire unless the next president can continue Obama’s policies. There are other powers other than the terrorists that would like to involve America in a quagmire.

Dale McCracken, Renton