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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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TERRORISM: Israel has long fought radical Islam

The civilized world is at war, and the enemy is radical Islamic terrorism. What happened in France last week is what Israel has experienced for decades from Hamas, Hezbollah and the Palestine Liberation Organization.

It’s not a coincidence that the Charlie Hebdo attack was followed by a deadly shooting in a Jewish grocery store. As much as radical Islamic terrorist groups hate non-Muslims (and Muslims who don’t agree with them), they particularly hate Jews and Israel.

Hamas rejects a two-state solution and ultimately wants to destroy Israel. If it were possible, it would deal as brutally with Israelis as Islamic State does

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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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ELECTION: Hold Democrats accountable in November

Most midterm elections are usually a referendum on the performance of the president. President Obama’s approval ratings are in the low 40s. Democrats see that and realize the president is toxic. Many Democratic candidates refuse to be seen with him. Why?

President Obama has been a weak commander-in-chief. In 2011, he pulled out of Iraq prematurely against the advice of the military, which led to turmoil. With a recommended residual force of 24,000 troops, Iraq might still be stable like President Bush left it.

Instead, Obama had to go back into Iraq and forge a coalition to fight the Islamic

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OBAMA: Armchair generals want ‘boots on the ground’

Re: “President shows cowardly leadership” (letter, 9-26).

Evidently the writer doesn’t read or refuses to. He calls President Obama “The Cowardly Procrastinator.” Yes, he is a procrastinator, to the point that he has virtually amassed the entire Middle East to strike against the Islamic State and its cohorts.

He’s convinced the region that stopping Calph Ibrahima from setting up his own caliphate is in their best interests. Extrapolating “cowardly” from that process is a reach that goes to hate rather than common sense.

The writer also insists Obama is weak. Weak is sending American troops to disrupt a country which

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IS: Where will airstrikes lead us?

When it comes to the Islamic State, maybe we can squeeze them back into Syria and continue passionately with our air assault on all the nefarious types assembled there.

But where is this leading us? It feels about as well thought out as taking potshots at a hornets’ nest with a BB gun!


OBAMA: Decisions in Iraq based on politics

With the Islamic State capturing a large area in Syria and more than a third of Iraq, it is obvious that not obtaining a Status of Forces Agreement with Iraq in 2011 was a significant foreign policy failure.

Did President Obama seriously pursue a SOFA? Dexter Filkens (New Yorker writer) quotes an Iraqi politician as stating that “The American attitude was let’s get out of here as quickly as possible.”

What did the military recommend? According to retired general Jack Keane, former Army vice chief of staff, the generals recommended a residual force of 24,000 to maintain stability in Iraq. The

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