Obama’s li­tany of fail­ures

The Washington Times Daily - - Opinion -

It is time for those who voted for Barack Obama to ad­mit they were de­ceived and made the wrong choice.

Pres­i­dent Obama’s stim­u­lus pack­age, Oba­macare, the Dodd-frank fi­nance bill, re­strict­ing ex­plo­ration and drilling for oil and nat­u­ral gas, and tak­ing away free­dom of choice, in­clud­ing re­li­gious be­liefs, have all had neg­a­tive im­pacts on our econ­omy and cit­i­zens. His di­plo­macy and de­sire to be kind to our en­e­mies and aban­don our al­lies is trou­bling.

But these and other mis­guided poli­cies pale in com­par­i­son to his fail­ure to sup­port the mil­i­tary, his failed poli­cies for de­fense and na­tional se­cu­rity, and his to­tal lack of sup­port for our al­lies. Our en­e­mies are more threat­en­ing than ever, Mr. Obama does not heed the ad­vice of our mil­i­tary lead­ers and he is down­siz­ing and im­pair­ing our mil­i­tary ca­pac­ity. That means the na­tion will be less able to de­fend against or pre-empt en­emy at­tacks. Af­ter three years, Mr. Obama still wants talks with Iran and North Korea, nei­ther of which have aban­doned plans for nu­clear weapons. Mr. Obama be­lieves he can use the talks to buy time.

He has not stood up to China or Rus­sia, which con­tinue to pro­tect Iran and North Korea from sanc­tions. At the same time, these coun­tries are tak­ing over coun­tries and ter­ri­tory from peo­ple who fought for free­dom. The in­ad­ver­tent burn­ing of Ko­rans des­e­crated by Mus­lim pris­on­ers in Afghanistan was fol­lowed by a quick Obama apol­ogy. He has not re­sponded to the killing of six Amer­i­can sol­diers with a state­ment say­ing we will hold the Afghan gov­ern­ment re­spon­si­ble for their mil­i­tary and civil­ians killing these and other Amer­i­cans serv­ing in Afghanistan. Un­der no cir­cum­stances should he al­low our mil­i­tary to be tried by Afghanistan or the United Na­tions.

Mr. Obama was in­formed that Iran was sup­ply­ing weapons, tech­ni­cal aid, equip­ment and per­son­nel that have been di­rectly re­spon­si­ble for killing and wound­ing our troops and al­lies in Iraq and Afghanistan, yet he has done noth­ing to de­fend the mil­i­tary. We need a pres­i­dent who is com­mit­ted to pro­tect­ing our coun­try from all threats and mak­ing sure we have the mil­i­tary might to do this ef­fec­tively. Iran is like the mouse that roars, threat­en­ing the United States and Is­rael. It is time to make it clear if they at­tack Is­rael, block the Strait of Hor­muz, or carry out at­tacks within our borders for what­ever rea­son, the re­sponse will be im­me­di­ate, de­ci­sive and dev­as­tat­ing.

Let us all re­mem­ber that Mr. Obama’s claim to fame, the killing of Osama bin Laden, would not have been pos­si­ble with­out the Bush poli­cies, the right in­tel­li­gence and Navy SEALS. The Novem­ber elec­tions should re­sult in an al­ter­na­tive to Mr. Obama’s failed poli­cies and fail­ure to de­fend of our mil­i­tary and coun­try. MARVIN L. HOO­VIS Cen­ter­ville, Mass.

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