- - Monday, April 6, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

President Obama said his Iran nuclear deal is good, which is what he says about everything he has done (“Obama takes victory lap on ‘historic’ nuclear deal with Iran,” Web, April 2). Were Obamacare and Mr. Obama’s energy, economic, diplomatic, military and immigration actions and policies (or the framework for the deal with Iran) good or really bad? The latter has to be the answer. Climate change is not our biggest threat for the next century; the biggest threat lies in our not confronting Islamic terrorists who continue to slaughter, torture and subjugate Christians, Jews and Muslims.

Mr. Obama has allowed these atrocities to increase in scope and intensity. When Germany and Japan were defeated in World War II, President Harry S. Truman and U.S. military leadership understood that a military presence in those countries was essential for a peaceful transition to democracy. Mr. Obama’s emphasis in leaving Iraq was pleasing his base — even when our military leadership objected and the future turmoil was predictable. Mr. Obama’s delayed actions, rules of engagement and failure to confront Iran for its aggressive involvement in supporting terrorists has resulted in many American, coalition-partner and Iraqi-civilian lives lost. Although warned well in advance, Mr. Obama chose only to watch as the Islamic State grew and advanced, taking large areas in Iraq and Afghanistan, butchering Christians and destroying religious structures and sacred historical items.

When the world finally united to condemn Syrian President Bashar Assad and was prepared to act to remove him, the great deal-maker, Secretary of State John Kerry, came up with a plan that has allowed Mr. Assad to kill at least 1,000 more people. The United Nations in one of its better moments had passed resolutions to suspend and decrease Iran’s radium and centrifuges. The Obama plan, in spite of the president’s nonsensical explanation, disregarded that and it will allow Iran to produce nuclear weapons. The assurance that we will know if Iran doesn’t adhere to the agreement leaves unanswered a major question: Will we know only after they launch their nuclear weapons in the long-range ballistic missiles we have allowed them to produce?

MARVIN L. HOOVIS

Centerville, Mass.

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