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FOREIGN POLICY: Are we the world’s guardian?

Re: “Obama’s miscues reveals his ignorance” (letter, 3-30).

From my understanding of the writer’s intent, I believe he is suggesting that because of the president’s “ignorance regarding foreign affairs,” we “aren’t working in the best interests of our country” when we refuse to deploy troops wherever the Islamic world is in conflict with other factions of Islam or nonbelievers, whoever they may be.

If we accept the writer’s premise, we would probably have troops (with U.S.-supplied weapons) deployed in Syria, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Nigeria, Turkey, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Indonesia, Chechnya, Gaza, Lebanon and a few I missed.

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MOVIE: An explanation for success of ‘American Sniper’

Why has “American Sniper” become such a rapturous, record-breaking movie – in spite of the relentless, ruthless opposition from the left wing and Michael Moore ilk?

“American Sniper” celebrates the heroism of American soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan (two of our nation’s most vilified wars) after being thrust into “immoral combat” by their political leaders – who simply did their utmost to protect each other and the innocent Iraqis, especially children, who were being massively tortured and beheaded by al-Qaida – which is also our enemy and can attack us anytime, at home, at random.

The movie shows (up

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MILITARY: Return nation to strength with GOP

With the conclusion of President Obama’s sixth year in office, one can safely say he has been one of our nation’s worst commanders in chief. Why?

The president is a left-wing, antiwar liberal who never served in the military. He is utterly clueless about our military culture, war fighting or strategy.

His half-baked war against the Islamic State is a perfect example. After pulling out of Iraq prematurely and against military advice, he went back based on opinion polls and lacking any Middle East strategy.

It has been just as bad in Afghanistan where he told the enemy when we would

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WAR: Why not just get out of the Middle East?

When I watch the evening news, the discussion is always about how we should attack the government of Syria, the Islamic State or the Taliban. Most of the politicians seem to be critical of the president for not being aggressive enough.

I was watching “Democracy Now” the other day and they were interviewing Cathy Kelly, a peace who has made many trips to Iraq and Afghanistan. She wonders why it is never discussed that maybe the solution to all this war stuff is that the U.S. just needs to get its military out of the Middle East.

It is widely acknowledged that

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MIDEAST: US policy based on weapon sales

The Middle East appears to be complicated and U.S. policy confused. But it’s really very simple. You only need to understand two rules.

• No matter who American arms manufacturers sell billions of weapons to, the weapons end up in the hands of the most vicious extremists.

• U.S. arms merchants and their bankers don’t give a damn, as long as they make the sale.

We invariably end up fighting enemies we created and who use our weapons. America armed and financed the Afghan resistance against Russia, which became al-Qaida and the Taliban. We financed the “Sunni Awakening” in Iraq, and since

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GITMO: Either try detainees or set them all free

Re: “Bergdahl swap may make closing Guantanamo harder” (thenewstribune.com, 6-4).

If we cannot put the Guantanamo prisoners on trial in civil courts, we should let them all go.

Maybe the U.S. would have some credibility left if we followed our own Constitution. The Guantanamo detainees cannot be prisoners of war because we never declared a war. This is not war but perpetual military action to benefit arms merchants.

The Taliban are not al-Qaida; they never launched any terrorist attacks in America. They are brutal freedom fighters defending their own land from an imperial invasion. When these Afghans fought Russian

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MILITARY: Might hasn’t brought us peace

Re: “Obama’s cuts weaken defense” (letter, 3-6).

The writer calls for “peace through strength.” Does he mean peace like Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan? Since when has our military strength, almost as great as the rest of the world’s combined, brought us peace? Since World War II it hasn’t brought us victory either unless you want to count Grenada.

Maybe we should try new tactics, like not dropping drones on innocents and not supporting dictators and rebels seeking to overthrow democracies. Our children aren’t likely to thank us for our wars since we’re leaving it to them to pay for

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OBAMA: Read ‘Duty’ before passing judgment

Re: “Gates confirms suspicions about Obama” (letter, 1-21).

Publishing this letter was a disservice to former Defense Secretary Robert Gates and your readers. The writer acknowledged that he had not read the book, and instead seized on an excerpt published in the Wall Street Journal to support his bashing of President Obama.

I have read the book. It is well-written and very informative. Gates served in various government positions for eight different presidents. He served as secretary of defense for both President George W. Bush and Obama.

To quote Gates: “I witnessed both of those presidents make decisions they

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