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Obama's not to blame for the Bush administration's blunders [Letter]

IraqAl-QaedaU.S. CongressRobert L. Ehrlich Jr.

Like seemingly every other Republican, columnist Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. refuses to acknowledge the Bush administration's responsibility for what is happening in Iraq today ("On Cantor's defeat, Obama's foreign policy debacle and old-school basketball," June 22).

The Obama administration did not invade and occupy a foreign country based on a deliberate lie to the United Nations, Congress and the American people. The Obama administration did not set in motion the events that killed more than 4,500 American soldiers and 100,000 Iraqi civilians. The Obama administration did not send American troops into Iraq inadequately equipped or invade and occupy the country with no exit strategy.

The list goes on: The Obama administration did not destroy the country's infrastructure and deprive its citizens of basic needs. It didn't unlawfully hold Islamic militants in indefinite detention and torture them, angering the Muslim community and creating future militants. It didn't try to force democracy on a country that was divided along religious lines nor did it create the political vacuum in Iraq that led to the current state of affairs.

When Mr. Ehrlich acknowledges those facts, then he may have the credibility to throw around accusations. For the Obama administration to say al-Qaida is on the run is not the same as saying it and its offshoots no longer exist.

There will always be terrorist groups, and it is disingenuous for Mr. Ehrlich to blame the Obama administration for that. It does not matter who is president, terrorist groups will continue to indiscriminately murder and maim innocent people. That is the nature of the beast.

Michael Edwards, Lexington, Ky.

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