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Don’t Americans care?

Published: Sunday, June 29, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Theodore Roosevelt said that at times, chaos in a small country could necessarily lead to the intervention of a great power, and in the Western Hemisphere, that great power would always be the United States.

As the terrorists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) threaten Baghdad, thousands of slaughtered Iraqis in their wake, it’s worth recalling a few of President Barack Obama’s past statements: “If a Jayvee team puts on Lakers’ uniforms, that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant” (2014). “Core al Qaeda is on its heels, has been decimated” (2013). “So, let there be no doubt: The tide of war is receding” (2011).

Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many. Too many times, Obama has told us he is “ending” the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as if wishing made it so. The president doesn’t seem to care. While Iraq is at risk of falling to a radical Islamic terror group, Obama is talking climate change. Terrorists take control of more territory and resources than ever before in history, and Obama goes golfing. Obama seems indifferent to the fact that a resurgent al Qaeda presents a clear and present danger to the U.S.        

American freedom will not be secured by empty threats, meaningless red lines, leading from behind, appeasing our enemies, abandoning our allies, or apologizing for our great nation. Obama is on track to securing his legacy as the man who betrayed our past and squandered our freedom.

Robert Meale

Woodstock

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