The world has become a dangerous place. The Middle East is in turmoil and Iran is developing a nuclear weapon and the means of delivery, fulfilling its radical ideology of world domination. Europe is facing financial ruin as well as the danger of being Islamized within mere decades. North Korea is threatening South Korea and America. China is becoming a military threat to our allies in the area. Venezuela has become an Iranian bridgehead in South America.
President Obama has selected individuals least qualified to head key government organizations and confront these threats. It is difficult to picture worse candidates for secretary of defense and CIA director than Chuck Hagel and John O. Brennan, respectively. It is a travesty that John F. Kerry has already become secretary of state. All three men share a desire for a downsized U.S. military, have a lack of appreciation for America as the force for peace and democracy in the world, and harbor a naivete regarding the Islamic threat against the free world.
Of course, a president has a right to choose members of his administration, and in this case, Mr. Obama has chosen these three primarily because their viewpoints coincide with his own. However, a president has an obligation to surround himself with knowledgeable people with diverse viewpoints on the major issues of the day. Mr. Obama has failed to do this. Thus continues the downward spiral of this nation.
WARREN A. MANISON