Letter: Obama is no dove
To the Editor:
Once again, the musings of Felicia Muftic in the Dec. 26 Sky-Hi News defy belief.
“Obama has taken steps to bring Peace on Earth,” is a quote from her article that I couldn’t disagree with more. Even though I agree with her points about opening relations between Cuba and Iran, I hardly believe President Obama is a “dove” to the extent that she is claiming.
Under Obama, the drone assassination program has killed more innocent children than during the Bush administration. Even though Obama did not invade Iraq, his actions in Libya and all the other Arab Spring countries have now replaced what used to be a rule of law with chaos and Sharia law, under which women must now hide behind black burqas and they have no rights whatsoever familiar to the American woman. In Syria, Iraq, and Libya, women are now subject to being sex slaves of their ISIS terrorist masters. Sounds like a step backwards and nowhere close to peace if you ask me.
The actions of President Bush were not perfect, but at least he would admit his mistakes in public and try to rectify them. A president who goes on a 17-day Christmas vacation in Hawaii and stops a U.S. Army couple from marrying at the base so he can play his 700th round of golf does not sound like a messiah to me. Last time I checked, President Bush actually stopped playing golf completely once the 2003 war in Iraq commenced because he realized the magnitude of his duty to his nation and to his troops.
President Obama is a narcissist of the highest order, and if anything has been learned during his tenure in office, it can be said that never before in U.S. history has a sitting president done so much to tip the balance of power against our great nation. The very “neo-cons” who ran Dick Cheney and the pro-war factions of the Bush administration are the same people pulling the strings behind this administration. Has the prison at Guantanamo Bay been closed yet? What about that war in Afghanistan? Isn’t it still going on? What about Russia? Must we follow the rantings of John McCain and go into a nuclear war with Russia to “free” Ukraine?
As a U.S. Marine veteran of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, these are questions that worry me for the future of all our children. The threat of an atomic war lingers as greatly as it did during the Cuban Missile Crisis, but at least during that time we had the guidance of John F. Kennedy, a man whom I regard as our last greatest president.
2015 could be a year of peace, but only if we all use a little bit of common sense and speak out against evil wherever it appears. And sometimes when the evil is as blatant as Nazi Germany or the horrors being conducted by ISIS currently in the Middle East, it is our duty as people of the civilized world to stamp out that kind of evil. But to blatantly start a war with Russia and provoke violence inside of Ukraine, Libya, and Syria as the current administration has … that, my friends, is not giving peace a chance!
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