The Advocate deserves considerable credit for the straight-forward reporting of Cal Thomas in the column “Saudis practice mafia tactics.” It’s an astounding revelation, clearly correct and 100 percent hurtful in every possible way.

Come on, Congress, show some real guts for a change; pass the bill with bipartisan support. Allow us as a nation to record our protest and our disgust, whatever the consequences.

Maybe it will unite the Obama administration with the U.S. mainstream.

Peter Beer

United States district judge

New Orleans