Regarding Richard Cohen’s Jan. 22 op-ed column, “Our share of Syria’s misery”:

Our inaction as Syria continues to bleed is symptomatic of the flawed foreign policy of the present administration. Rather than anticipate events, President Obama has a track record of allowing situations to fester, intervening only in ways that are too little and too late, allowing extremist factions to take control.

This record is being repeated in Syria, as more and more radical elements are leading the revolt against the Syrian government of Bashir al-Assad. Early intervention in Syria, as well as in Egypt, would have led to moderate governments favorable to the United States. Instead we see a degeneration into radicalism that will be a future problem both to the United States and to our allies.

Nelson Marans, Silver Spring