Obama’s Mid­dle East dis­as­ter

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

Pres­i­dent Obama said his Iran nu­clear deal is good, which is what he says about ev­ery­thing he has done (“Obama takes victory lap on ‘his­toric’ nu­clear deal with Iran,” Web, April 2). Were Oba­macare and Mr. Obama’s en­ergy, eco­nomic, diplo­matic, mil­i­tary and im­mi­gra­tion ac­tions and poli­cies (or the frame­work for the deal with Iran) good or re­ally bad? The lat­ter has to be the an­swer. Cli­mate change is not our big­gest threat for the next cen­tury; the big­gest threat lies in our not con­fronting Is­lamic ter­ror­ists who con­tinue to slaugh­ter, tor­ture and sub­ju­gate Chris­tians, Jews and Mus­lims.

Mr. Obama has al­lowed th­ese atroc­i­ties to in­crease in scope and in­ten­sity. When Ger­many and Ja­pan were de­feated in World War II, Pres­i­dent Harry S. Tru­man and U.S. mil­i­tary lead­er­ship un­der­stood that a mil­i­tary pres­ence in those coun­tries was es­sen­tial for a peace­ful tran­si­tion to democ­racy. Mr. Obama’s em­pha­sis in leav­ing Iraq was pleas­ing his base — even when our mil­i­tary lead­er­ship ob­jected and the fu­ture tur­moil was pre­dictable. Mr. Obama’s de­layed ac­tions, rules of en­gage­ment and fail­ure to con­front Iran for its ag­gres­sive in­volve­ment in sup­port­ing ter­ror­ists has re­sulted in many Amer­i­can, coali­tion-part­ner and Iraqi-civil­ian lives lost. Although warned well in ad­vance, Mr. Obama chose only to watch as the Is­lamic State grew and ad­vanced, tak­ing large ar­eas in Iraq and Afghanistan, butcher­ing Chris­tians and destroying re­li­gious struc­tures and sa­cred his­tor­i­cal items.

When the world fi­nally united to condemn Syr­ian Pres­i­dent Bashar As­sad and was pre­pared to act to re­move him, the great deal­maker, Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry, came up with a plan that has al­lowed Mr. As­sad to kill at least 1,000 more peo­ple. The United Na­tions in one of its bet­ter mo­ments had passed res­o­lu­tions to sus­pend and de­crease Iran’s ra­dium and cen­trifuges. The Obama plan, in spite of the pres­i­dent’s non­sen­si­cal ex­pla­na­tion, disregarded that and it will al­low Iran to pro­duce nu­clear weapons. The as­sur­ance that we will know if Iran doesn’t ad­here to the agree­ment leaves unan­swered a ma­jor ques­tion: Will we know only af­ter they launch their nu­clear weapons in the long-range bal­lis­tic mis­siles we have al­lowed them to pro­duce?

MARVIN L. HOOVIS Cen­ter­ville, Mas­sachusetts

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