As chaos erupted again in Iraq last week among Sunni and Shiite Muslim factions, President Barack Obama said he would send 300 military advisers to assist in bringing the contending groups under control ("Kerry in Iraq, urges change," June 24).

It is indeed unfortunate that the upheavals the president is attempting to extinguish were initiated by him personally when he brought all of our military forces home from Iraq at the end of 2011. This maneuver was obviously nothing more than an opportunity to enhance his prospects for re-election in 2012.

Since that moment, the chances that Iraq would ever become the first democracy in the Middle East have been nil. Mr. Obama's execution of U.S. foreign policy has been a catastrophe.

Quinton D. Thompson, Towson

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