Craig Livingston (Readers' Forum, Sept. 12) says John McCain will protect the nation. Clearly, President Bush and the future president (whoever that may be) have a great responsibility to protect this great nation, just as so many have done before. However, threats to the world should be left to Osama bin Laden, Kim Jong II and Omar al-Bashir. These men do what they want without regard for others.

The United States has lost credibility, respect and allies over the past eight years. I would hope that gaining support from the international community and not "threatening" it would be one of the top priorities of the new president.

Dane Henderson