To the Editors:
President Reagan should set a goal for himself in Lebanon [Dec. 19]. If he wants to back the Gemayel government in the hope that it can bring peace to Lebanon, then our forces will be there forever. If he wants to provoke Syria into a war with the U.S., the President need only continue on his present course. After the latest clashes with the Syrians, the Bekaa Valley and the Gulf of Tonkin seem similar.
Joseph White Scottsdale, Ariz.
You write that the Syrians can expect a strike in return "for every Syrian strike against American forces, such as the...