- - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

President Obama’s failure last week to make an appearance joining world leaders in solidarity against the terrorist attacks in Paris highlighted six years of failed leadership (“Obama’s snub of Paris,” Web, Jan. 12). This failure has resulted in the unfettered growth of al Qaeda and Islamic State terrorists throughout the Middle East, Africa and the world, and it puts America and the west at extreme risk.

Worse, the president’s failure to secure Iraq and stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, as well as its implicit permission of the Taliban to take Pakistan (which could result in Taliban takeover of Pakistan and that country’s nuclear weapons) makes Israel, India and the United States vulnerable to nuclear attacks.

Indeed, Mr. Obama’s failure to execute a firm plan to secure our borders and fight terrorism wherever it raises its evil head will likely result in small terrorist cells spread throughout the United States. These cells could result in nationwide attacks on Americans. Hopefully, those terrorist cells are not already in place.

Toying with terrorism, coupled with the president’s failure to maintain or increase our nuclear defenses and the defense of our allies makes it painfully clear Mr. Obama has abdicated his solemn responsibility to protect and defend our nation from all enemies, foreign and domestic.

DANIEL B. JEFFS

Apple Valley, Calif.

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