Become a digitalPLUS subscriber. 99¢ for 4 weeks.
NewsOpinionReaders Respond

Obama acted responsibly in Iraq

IraqBarack ObamaGeorge W. BushExecutive Branch

In his recent letter ("Obama's decision to leave Iraq led to catastrophe," April 5), Quinton D. Thompson writes that he "knew that one day havoc would break out in the wake of President Obama's irresponsible decision to abandon Iraq." Later on, he writes, "Unfortunately, a man-made bolt of lightning struck in Iraq on Dec. 31, 2011, when President Obama withdrew our troops — a selfish, egotistical maneuver on his part to please the folks back home in order to enhance his re-election chances in 2012."

Apparently, Mr. Thompson doesn't remember back to November of 2008 when the Status of Forces Agreement was ratified by Iraqi lawmakers that stated, in part: "All the United States Forces shall withdraw from all Iraqi territory no later than December 31, 2011." This SOFA was also signed by President George W. Bush, a Republican if I recall correctly. The agreement to leave Iraq by 2011 dates from 2008 when President Bush, before leaving office, made a farewell visit to Baghdad that was disrupted when an Iraqi journalist threw his shoes at him and denounced him as a "dog."

I say, good for President Barack Obama for standing by the agreement he inherited. What's "irresponsible" about that? I believe the most "irresponsible" move in this situation was the decision by President Bush to invade Iraq based on contrived and manufactured lies. That, Mr. Thompson, led to catastrophe.

David Gosey, Towson

  • Text NEWS to 70701 to get Baltimore Sun local news text alerts
  • Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
    Related Content
    IraqBarack ObamaGeorge W. BushExecutive Branch
    • U.S. had role in Iraq's chemical weapons
      U.S. had role in Iraq's chemical weapons

      I want my local newspaper to be fearless and to report the unvarnished truth. I am aware that opinion writers have a different role from reporters. However, in expressing an opinion, one must place everything on the table. This came to mind when I read Jules Witcover's commentary,...

    • U.S. should attack ISIS now
      U.S. should attack ISIS now

      I write as a 93-year-old retired educator who worked in a classroom for 35 years, 32 of which were as the principal of an independent middle school and before that as a Naval Reserve Officer for eight years of active duty including five during World War II, two of which were aboard the...

    • Treason is treason
      Treason is treason

      There is only one word to describe the behavior of an American citizen who provides "aid and comfort" to the enemy — it's treason ("Girls' alleged attempt to go to Syria worries some," Oct. 23). I've no idea what the federal statutes are today, but in...

    • Why must media use the term ISIS?
      Why must media use the term ISIS?

      I was elated to see the article, "U.S.: Airstrikes in Syria, Iraq change Islamic State tactics" (Oct. 18), use the same terminology as President Barack Obama when referring to the Islamic State that we are currently combating. I wish I could say the same for the media. Prominent...

    • Iraq was lost by Obama [Letter]
      Iraq was lost by Obama [Letter]

      As a 93-year-old retired educator who also had spent eight years as a U.S. Naval Officer on active duty (five during World War II in the Pacific and more than two aboard the USS Enterprise) and later was recalled for three more years during the Korean Conflict, I'd like to comment on...

    • Stop wasting money on war [Letter]
      Stop wasting money on war [Letter]

      In addition to Max Obuszewski's prescient observation of what has become President Barack Obama's war, this perpetual war with no borders has gotten the support of much of the media and Congress ("Has President Obama undergone a chance of heart?" Oct. 3). What began as a...

    • Has President Obama undergone a change of heart? [Letter]
      Has President Obama undergone a change of heart? [Letter]

      Columnist Jules Witcover claims that "many fellow Democrats" were of the opinion that President Barack Obama lacked a spine but that his recent call to the international community "to step up to the challenge of global terrorism" now suggests he has acquired one...

    • Our murky mission in Syria [Editorial]
      Our murky mission in Syria [Editorial]

      Our view: Congress needs to debate a separate authorization of force for our action against ISIS

    Comments
    Loading