Dear A.M. Costa Rica:
I was rather surprised that you printed the letter from Mr. Barbour that plays fast and loose with the facts about the current U.S. administration. As far as Syria, Obama is on record and video relaying a threat to Mr. Assad if he used chemical weapons. Because of Obama’s lack of competent foreign policy. he had to backtrack on this threat once again, demonstrating his administration as a paper tiger. If a president issues a threat, he MUST be ready to back it up. Frankly, idle threats do not make the U.S. or the president look strong, but weak.
As far as the military involvements of the Middle East, Obama said we need to get out of Iraq and fight the “good war” in Afghanistan. At the time we were well on the way of defeating the terrorist movement in that country. Against the advice of the military experts Obama unilaterally pulled the troops out and the result has been as the military experts told him, the country falls into terrorist hands. This is well under way at this time.
After pulling out of Iraq, Obama set his sights on Afghanistan. Once again the military needed more troops to keep the Taliban on the run, Obama sent half of their request. As a result, we were unable to finish the job and, after a short time, in order to appease his political base, Obama decided to pull out of Afghanistan against military experts’ advice. Presidents are never experts on everything, and that is why they have experts to guide them. Our president cannot even pronounce corpsmen properly yet he apparently feels he does not need to listen to military experts.
Mr. Barbour fails to mention the 9/11 attacks in this country that led to the wars in the Middle East. Obviously he did not have any relatives killed by the terrorists, so it apparently does not mean anything to him. We were minding our own business before the 9/11 attacks. He is correct that our policies in the area have been a disaster, especially in Iran. That is hardly the fault of the CIA actions in 1953 but the result of another weak president, Jimmy Carter. Had he backed the Shah of Iran, we would not have an Iran with terrorist leadership ready to bring a nuclear bomb to the terrorist nation. I understand the Shah was a brutal dictator. Does anyone think it is any different under the Ayatollah?
Unfortunately, it takes between 10 to 20 years for the policies of an administration to play out. Based on history, we will pay a heavy price for the actions of Obama to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in stabilizing the Middle East. As further proof even the Afghan president is too busy to meet with Obama, a direct slap in the face after all we have done for him and his country. Of course, this is nothing new, as even our allies want nothing to do with our current incompetent and weak president and administration. I have a brother-in-law from the Middle East who still has family, contacts, and property, so I do have some insight as to what is going on in the area.
Now Obama has endangered any U.S. citizen traveling abroad by allowing the Taliban to extort the release of their hierarchy at Gitmo to secure the release of what is now proven to be a deserter from the Army. Now every terrorist group that wants those held in our prisons for terrorism released or need funding will only need to kidnap an American and set conditions for their release. I shudder to think how this will play out. We would have been more than happy to let the Muslims work out their own problems, but it is they who drew us into the fray. Perhaps Mr. Barbour needs to present ALL the facts not just the ones he likes.
North Carolina, U.S.A.