- - Monday, August 11, 2014


President Obama could have destroyed the Islamic State when the terrorist army began forming in early 2014. The Islamic State was in a remote part of Iraq, where bombing could have been done with no civilian casualties. When President Bush left office in 2009, Iraq was stable. Mr. Obama even admitted as much and Vice President Joe Biden called Iraq one of “our” great achievements.

Mr. Obama lays the blame for not reaching a status of forces agreement (SOFA) on Mr. Biden. Shifting blame is Mr. Obama’s favorite method of escaping any responsibility, but Mr. Biden is not commander in chief. The blame rests with Mr. Obama. He was the one who didn’t want to employ air power when it would have been most effective in early 2014. Why? Because it would make it look as though he had failed. Mr. Obama compared these terrorists to a “JV” team. To continue the football metaphor, the Islamic State is now the Green Bay Packers.

Five years after the carnage of World War II (407,000 American casualties), North Korea invaded South Korea on June 25, 1950. A true leader, President Harry S. Truman, sent American armed forces to repel the communist North. He didn’t do it to be popular. In fact, he knew the American people were war-weary, and he lost support quickly. However, because of his leadership and courage, South Korea is free today and in the top 10 of world economies. History proved him right, and ratings of his presidency have risen markedly in the years since.

Mr. Bush and the American fighting man won in Iraq. History will record Mr. Obama, not Mr. Biden, as having lost Iraq and allowing thousands of Muslims and non-Muslims to be slaughtered. Where is the leadership and courage?



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