As I read the two recent articles in the Sun about terrible upheaval in Iraq ("More violence feared in Iraq as 3 blasts kill 9," Aug. 16, and "Bombings, shootings kill about 70 across Iraq," Aug. 17), my saddened Naval veteran's heart beat out the thought that the U.S. citizens should again be reminded of President Barack Obama's self-centered political ploy as he withdrew our troops from Iraq at the end of 2011.

Unfortunately, now without the troops' assistance and protection, Iraq soon became a center of civil strife and therefore was unable to develop into the first democracy in the Arab Middle East, which indeed would have served as an example for the other surrounding turbulent nations, and it also eliminated Iraq as a base for the U.S. and allied forces from which they could have operated more efficiently in the protection of our interests and responsibilities in controlling, and hopefully eliminating, the radical terrorists, includingal-Qaidaand the Taliban, who have openly declared many times that their main objective in life was to annihilate every freedom loving individual from the face of the earth. In addition the U.S. has an obligation to rekindle the honorable spirits of the brave military troops who sacrificed their lives in the initial invasion of Iraq.

Mr. President, after learning about these numerous horrible incidents in Iraq, which no doubt were a result of your withdrawal of our troops, how could you possibly declare later that your plans were to withdraw our troops from in and around Afghanistan by 2014, which would furnish our enemies with ample time to prepare for another9/11, and would in all probability be far more destructive to our nation than the original strike?

Mr. President, such selfish egotistical actions give me the appearance that you are far more consumed with the enhancement of your reelection in November, than with the operation and salvation of our country's democratic way of life, which definitely continues to nonchalantly ride affixed to your back-seat.

Quinton D. Thompson, Towson