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Tag: Iraq

June
2nd

MIDEAST: Do nothing about the Islamic State

Re: “What would Republicans do about Islamic State?” (Eugene Robinson column, 6-2).

Robinson almost endorses Rand Paul’s noninterventionist foreign policy, but hesitates, indicating: “If by some chance Paul were to end up as president, he’d have to decide what to do (about the Islamic State). He hasn’t really told us what that might be.”

Why does the U.S. president have to decide what to do about the IS?

The Iranians, who are Shiite, are already throwing bombs at the Sunni group IS, as is Syrian President Assad – all of which makes it hard for the U.S. to organize the

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May
27th

IRAQ: A black eye for Obama’s legacy

Any blunt assessment of the mess in the Middle East leaves Barack Obama’s legacy with a black eye.

Of course, on the other side of the aisle are chicken hawks clamoring to send in more troops to bolster their fantasy of a democratic Iraq – and the trillion-plus we spent for the Bush war made it a costly fantasy. So, like Mississippi does for the bottom of any state ranking, Obama can count on history to keep W. between him and the very bottom of presidential failures.

We now see Iraq as it should have been seen before we decided

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May
22nd

IRAQ: Krauthammer lives in fantasy land

Re: “Obama turned Bush’s success into collapse” (Charles Krauthammer column, 5-22).

Once again, Krauthammer has danced his way to fantasy land.

The collapse of the Iraqi army also happened when we invaded Iraq. The soldiers put down their weapons and abandoned their government rather quickly.

At the time, members of the Bush administration said it proved how desperate and afraid the citizens of Iraq were of Saddam Hussein. We were assured the war would be over in a few months. The rise of insurgents proved how wrong they were, leading to the longest war in modern American history.

Once again, the Iraqi army has

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March
31st

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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Jan.
29th

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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Jan.
13th

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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Dec.
30th

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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Nov.
25th

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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