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Removing troops puts Iraq at risk

In reference to The Sun's editorial regarding the removal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq ("Home for Christmas," Dec. 25) and speaking as a veteran of five years in WWII and later recalled for three more in Korea, I am in complete disagreement with President Barack Obama's political greedy, unwise and short-sighted decision in withdrawing our troops from Iraq by the end of 2011 regardless of how they got there.

Instead, I strongly believe that the U.S. should have maintained a strong standing military force in Iraq just as we did and still do in Japan, Germany and South Korea to assure that democracy remains in operation for the whole world to behold. That would have been particularly helpful in Iraq to prevent a civil war and eliminate the creeping influence of Iran, al-Qaida and the Taliban whose stated objective is to destroy every freedom loving individual on the face of the earth.

In my opinion, the U.S. also has an obligation to protect the cause for which the thousands of our military personnel who made the ultimate sacrifice in the initial invasion of Iraq. But unfortunately, It appears that all of this is now in vain.

How truly sad this is indeed!

Quinton D. Thompson, Towson

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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