LTE: Obama Owns Iraqi Quagmire

Dear Editor:

As a Vietnam Era Navy veteran, and having close relatives who served in every war from the Civil War to the Gulf War, I am disappointed with President Obama’s dithering foreign policy. (Note: I am not a partisan person, and I have been a registered Independent for many years).

President Obama’s complete withdrawal from Iraq has allowed the Sunni/al Qaida terrorists to make a huge comeback in Iraq, and threaten peace in the Middle East. It could ultimately set the stage for the establishment of bases to promote attacks throughout the world, including the United States. Is Afghanistan next?

Obama’s inattention to Iraq’s previous request for air support in May 2014 has led to the current threatening situation. The 5,000 American contractors and embassy staff are in danger of attacks by the al-Qaida Islamists. The injection of Iranian troops in the battles further exacerbates the conflict, and could allow Iran to gain a foothold in Iraq.

Obama’s pivot away from the Middle East has emboldened radical Islamic terrorists in Pakistan, Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen, Libya and now Iraq. They know he is all talk and is ready to hand out lots of carrots and punish enemies with a wet noodle.

Donald A. Moskowitz

Londonderry, NH

Penn State, class of 1963

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3 thoughts on “LTE: Obama Owns Iraqi Quagmire

  1. boptherabbit

    This “war” is a complete waste of American lives. We were lied to by the BUSH administration from the very beginning. It seems that some people think we are the police of the entire world. Do you really think that just because we’re over there losing the lives of young men, our country is going to be a safer place? I think maybe you’ve bought into the lie if you do. How about we send troops into Syria, Afghanistan, and all the other countries that have terrorist based in there boundaries. It’s a totally different world today than it was in the times of the previous “big” wars (One and two). Flexing our muscles in Iran,Syria, etc. is only going to give these folks another reason to want to send terrorist here to our shores where they will actually hurt the American people. It’s been said that if we lose these “wars”, it will cost us at the fuel pump. How about we keep the fuel we pull out of the ground here, instead of shipping it overseas?
    I’m getting extremely tired of hearing President Obama blamed for all the problems in this country. Problems that are, in fact, being caused by a bigoted and biased Republican party. They place blame for all their past mistakes on him, instead of owning up to them and finding solutions. War is not a solution. Next thing you know, President Obama will be accused of being behind the killing of Christ, or the bombing of Pearl Harbor. How about we start working together and finding real answers to our problems, instead of creating more?

    • Tax Paying Member

      Guess you missed where ISIS, while marching into IRAQ found the Stash of Chemical Weapons ( You remember the WMDs that the LIBERALS SAID DIDN’T EXIST ). Bush may not have been the greatest president, but at leas he had and has RESPECT for our Nation and those in the Military who defend and still defends her.

      If you buy into the mirage that Obama is the poor little boy being picked on by the big bad Conservatives, you have been partaking of Jim Jones kool-aid. As for working together, GREAT. I would suggest BALANCING the BUDGET. You know the financial guidance MANDATED BY LAW to be passed and adhered to. This little stumbling block ( THE BUDGET ) wasn’t passed when Obama had a Democratic majority in the house and senate. Why, because that would have bridled them and set limits as to where they are SPENDING OUR TAX DOLLARS.

      Balance the Budget ( as mandated by law ).
      Get out of the HEALTH CARE BUSINESS….as well as any other business. It is proven over decades that non government involvement in business works, so stop using the government to choose winners and losers in the business world.

      Give me back the AMERICA I knew as a child.

  2. Tax Paying Member

    A side effect of his dithering foreign policies is that ISIS just found the some WMDs. Yes, the ones many of the mainstream media and liberals to this day insist never existed. They did exist, of course, documented by a decade of U.N. weapon inspectors.

    Why exactly the Bush Administration never bothered to counter the “there were no WMDs” story is an open question whose answer probably has some sort of security justification.

    It’s a safe assumption that the Obama Administration knows where any remaining stockpiles are in Iraq, which means that Obama not only pulled our troops out before Iraq was ready to stand on its own feet, but that he did so without securing an apparently large cache of chemical weapons.

    And isn’t it interesting that ISIS knew exactly where to find it? .

    Stockpiles of chemical munitions are still stored there. The most dangerous ones have been declared to the UN and are sealed in bunkers.

    These areas of the compound pose a hazard to civilians and potential blackmarketers.

    The CIA Files on the WMD stockpiles : Numerous bunkers, including eleven cruciform shaped bunkers were exploited. Some of the bunkers were empty. Some of the bunkers contained large quantitiesof unfilled chemical munitions, conventional munitions, one-ton shipping containers, old disabled production equipment (presumed disabled under UNSCOM supervision), and other hazardous industrial chemicals.

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