Get unlimited digital access to baltimoresun.com. $0.99 for 4 weeks.
News Opinion Readers Respond

Trace Middle East strife to Obama [Letter]

As the Middle East continues to burn in high gear in the midst of much killing and destruction occurring in all of the countries there, it makes me feel very downcast as I have also been reviewing these disturbing accounts in 23 different newspaper articles including in The Baltimore Sun ("Walking a fine line on Iraq," July 1). In Iraq, civil strife is in high gear among the various sects, particularly Prime Minister Nouri al-Malaki's Shiite Muslims and a terrorist splinter group called The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

It all started at the end of 2011 when President Barack Obama sent all of the military forces home from Iraq when it was quite obvious that it was just a political ploy to enhance his chances for winning reelection in 2012, which he did. We citizens are well aware of the results as Iraq lost its opportunity to become the first democratic nation in the Middle East in which a strong fortified regime could have been established. It might have come to come to the aid of those in need such as Ambassador Christopher Stevens and his three cohorts who were killed in Libya.

It is also quite evident that by Mr. Obama's abandonment of Iraq the terrorists forces have grown substantially. Such moves have taken America down a notch. Al-Qaida and its allies present an extreme security threat and will definitely require the defense of a strategy of a strong military and an avenue of intelligent and diplomatic efforts by the U.S. It is also extremely important to understand that, in my opinion, American freedom will not be secured by empty threats, meaningless red lines, leading from behind, appeasing our enemies, abandoning our allies or apologizing for our great nation — sadly, all of which have been hallmarks of President Obama's doctrine for the past six years.

Attention, my friends. If you understand and agree with me, I am sure you are familiar with the avenue to your voting booth.

Quinton D. Thompson, Towson

-
To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com. Please include your name and contact information.

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
  • ISIS should be described as murderers, not militants
    ISIS should be described as murderers, not militants

    The Sun's report on the burning to death of the captured Jordanian pilot refers to his murderers as "militants" ("After Jordanian's death, U.S. moves pilot rescue aircraft closer to battlefield," Feb. 5). The juxtaposition of the barbarity of the murderers coupled with the anodyne description...

  • 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 aircraft...

  • 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 the past the penalty was a death....

  • The U.N. must coordinate the fight against the Islamic State
    The U.N. must coordinate the fight against the Islamic State

    Sectarian violence is tearing apart much of the Middle East. One of the major antagonists, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is also becoming a serious domestic security challenge for more than 80 countries around the world grappling with concerns about foreign terrorist...

  • Obama should attack ISIS
    Obama should attack ISIS

    As a veteran of World War II who served five years in the Pacific almost three of which were aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise and later recalled for three more years during the Korean War, in my opinion President Barack Obama is absolutely not defending the safety of our citizens...

  • New thinking in war on terror
    New thinking in war on terror

    Thank you for publishing Eve Bruce's commentary on America's failed war on terror ("America's failed war on terror," it is evident that "we the people" have been had by the fear mongers and those who are benefiting from unending war. Now is the time to stop and think. Is the world any better...

  • 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 anchors and...

  • Could ISIS pull off another 9/11?
    Could ISIS pull off another 9/11?

    I remember 9/11 as if it were yesterday, when the U.S. was struck in New York and Washington by well-laid plans hatched in Afghanistan.

Comments
Loading