- - Monday, September 8, 2014

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

President Obama was instrumental in facilitating the removal of Hosni Mubarak as the leader of Egypt. Mr. Mubarak was a dictator, but he had maintained cordial relations with Israel for decades. Mr. Obama was very helpful to Mohammed Morsi, the head of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, who succeeded Mr. Mubarak as president. Mr. Morsi was given monetary aid as well as tanks and fighter planes. If the Egyptian people had not risen up and deposed Mr. Morsi, who wanted Egypt to became another militant Islamic nation, we would now have a very different scenario in the Middle East.

Instead of enforcing tougher sanctions against Iran, Mr. Obama has removed most sanctions and as a result virtually assured the world that Iran will eventually have nuclear weapons. Further, Mr. Obama exchanged five top Islamic terrorists — murderers and conspirators — in return for one American soldier who had deserted.

After our nation spent years, manpower and untold billions in pacifying Iraq so it had become a relatively stable nation, Mr. Obama very quickly withdrew almost all of our troops and assistance. His administration had to know that instability would soon ensue and that the void would quickly be filled by radical Islamists. We know now how dire the situation has become.

In light of these facts, we must ask ourselves: Whose side is Mr. Obama on?

HARRY KLAPPER

Silver Spring

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