I salute The Sun and its writers for their most comprehensive and informative editorial, "Honest accounting needed," (Oct. 12) and for bringing the Benghazi attack and its aftermath to the attention of your thousands and thousands of readers.
However, while I also would like to see the Obama administration acknowledge and learn a lesson from the mistakes they made in Libya, it is apparent that President Barack Obama hasn't any basic foreign policies. It all seems to be a hit or miss operation.
It has been confirmed that U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, who was on duty in Libya, knew that his life was in danger by the hovering radical terrorists and had requested assistance from the White House. But unfortunately, there was no response. Shortly thereafter, Ambassador Stevens was murdered and his body was dragged through the streets. And what did President Obama do? Nothing. And he still has shown no inclination to increase military aid for the protection of U.S. Embassy personnel in the other troubled Middle East countries.
I personally believe Mr. Obama has completely ignored this nation's commitment to Iraq — despite the loss of thousands of American lives in that country — by withdrawing our troops at the end of 2011, which was soon followed with a terrible eruption of civil conflicts and economic strife which consumed the whole nation of Iraq.
President Obama, in his personal, selfish and egotistical desire to enhance his chances for a successful reelection in November by withdrawing our troops from Iraq to please the home-folks, must also accept the responsibility of destroying what could have been a beautiful and bountiful Iraqi democratic haven which the whole world, particularly her neighbors in the Middle East, could envy and behold.
Would you believe that President Obama continues to insist on withdrawing our troops from Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2014 regardless of the unstable conditions there? Again, this is obviously an effort to garner votes at home despite the aid it offers radical forces, including al-Qaida and the Taliban, as it gives them the opportunity to make excellent headway in fulfilling their announced aim of annihilating every freedom-loving individual on the face of the earth.
And lest we forget, it was in Afghanistan where the planning and execution of the devastating Sept. 11 attack was planned and fulfilled.
While President Obama must contend with these overseas problems, it is very apparent that he doesn't possess the political talent or experience to preside as the president of our United States of America, since he has issued 923 executive orders in 40 months which is far more than all of the other presidents combined. It is also reported that Mr. Obama is determined to take control away from the House and Senate as many of them are turning on him.
All of these troubling conditions raise many questions as to what the future of our democratic country holds if President Obama is reelected on Nov. 6.
Quinton D. Thompson, TowsonCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun