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

The folly of Iraq predates Obama

In response to Quinton D. Thompson's letter ("Obama's decision to leave Iraq led to catastrophe," April 5), I must remind your readers that the underlying catastrophe was perpetrated by then-President George W. Bush's illegal attack on Iraq.

President Bush led this attack on the false pretenses that Saddam Hussein was harboring weapons of mass destruction that posed an imminent threat to our nation. It was Mr. Bush's irresponsible decision to take this action that led to thousands of U.S. soldiers dead or wounded (not to mention the innumerable Iraqi civilian casualties). The cost, trillions of dollars to support what is now recognized in reality as a civil war, is an expense we can hardly support in the face of the current U.S. budget deficit.

President Barack Obama's decision to finally withdraw our troops from the results of the Bush administration catastrophe may be the only way left for true redemption.

Elizabeth Goldsborough, Owings Mills

  • Text NEWS to 70701 to get Baltimore Sun local news text alerts
  • Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
    Related Content
    • Islam is a religion of peace
      Islam is a religion of peace

      As an Ahmad Muslim, I believe Islam condemns terrorism and that there is no room for any violence in the name of blasphemy. The Qur'an constantly exhorts people to think while also telling Muslims to ignore the ignorant and provocative, not harm them.

    • Our real Mideast problem: Support for despots
      Our real Mideast problem: Support for despots

      I agree with both presidents Obama and Bush that the U.S. is not engaged in a war against Islam and that the Islamic State, or ISIS, does not represent a legitimate interpretation of that religion ("Not a holy war," Feb. 20).

    • Obama not standing up to terrorists
      Obama not standing up to terrorists

      I am a committed U.S. citizen who loves his country, a former U.S. Marine and a participating Jew, but I am currently feeling some concern and fear. I strongly believe that when leadership loses the respect and trust of the majority, it's time to re-evaluate or step aside. I believe that we...

    • With ISIS, give peace a chance
      With ISIS, give peace a chance

      Finding a president asking Congress for permission to go to war is about as rare as finding a liberal Republican. So it was a surprise to read that President Obama has formally asked Congress to authorize military operations against the Islamic State ("Obama seeks war powers," Feb. 12).

    • Oversight in the ISIS campaign
      Oversight in the ISIS campaign

      President Barack Obama's decision to ask Congress to formally authorize the use of force against the Islamic State, or ISIS, under the War Powers Act sparked the predictable partisan reactions, with Democrats complaining the proposed authority is too broad and Republicans fretting that there...

    • Why they hate us
      Why they hate us

      The main reason that groups like the Taliban and ISIS harbor such deep hatred of Americans is because for decades we have been forcing our views and concept of right and wrong on others ("Resolved to fight," Feb. 4).

    Comments
    Loading