We can de­feat en­emy — with­out Obama

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - MARVIN L. HOOVIS Cen­ter­ville, Mas­sachusetts

Oba­macare and the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra- tion’s neg­li­gi­ble re­sponse to the Is­lamic State will re­sult in many more deaths — pri­mar­ily of those peo­ple Pres­i­dent Obama seems to have de­cided are not im­por­tant. Oba­macare de­nies many peo­ple physi­cian avail­abil­ity and ser­vices, and by not pre-empt­ing the Is­lamic State, the re­sult was thou­sands bru­tally killed and tens of thou­sands put in dan­ger.

An ag­gres­sive ef­fort to pre­vent Ebola deaths in Africa and other coun­tries is im­por­tant, but it is equally im­por­tant to pre­vent tens of thou­sands of more lives from be­ing lost by fail­ure of the United States, the United Na­tions and oth­ers to re­spond to ter­ror­ist ac­tions in Iraq, Syria and other coun­tries.

The Is­lamic State was a known en­tity com­mit­ted to us­ing all means to dom­i­nate Syria and Iraq, and to kill those it de­clared en­e­mies. It is as­ton­ish­ing that Pen­tagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said, “We have been watch­ing them for a long time” and that our com­man­der in chief did noth­ing. The Is­lamic State’s re­lent­less ad­vances in Syria and Iraq could have been stopped. Many re­tired mil­i­tary lead­ers and even for­mer Sec­re­tary of De­fense Leon E. Panetta said Mr. Obama should have acted two years ago. Th­ese Obama crit­ics value life and put se­cu­rity for our coun­try be­fore po­lit­i­cal party loy­alty.

The other is­sue is that the Is­lamic State’s re­cent ad­vances were al­lowed when its tanks and sup­plies were com­pletely ex­posed on open grounds, and Mr. Obama did not or­der an ac­tion to de­stroy this equip­ment when it was vul­ner­a­ble.

Our mil­i­tary lead­er­ship and forces are ca­pa­ble of in­ter­ven­ing and de­feat­ing the en­emy, and they need to be in charge. By what­ever means nec­es­sary, whether an act of Congress or by re­mov­ing Mr. Obama, a change in lead­er­ship and pol­icy is es­sen­tial to pre­vent a catas­tro­phe for us and the rest of the world.

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