- The Washington Times - Monday, March 5, 2012

It is time for those who voted for Barack Obama to admit they were deceived and made the wrong choice.

President Obama’s stimulus package, Obamacare, the Dodd-Frank finance bill, restricting exploration and drilling for oil and natural gas, and taking away freedom of choice, including religious beliefs, have all had negative impacts on our economy and citizens. His diplomacy and desire to be kind to our enemies and abandon our allies is troubling.

But these and other misguided policies pale in comparison to his failure to support the military, his failed policies for defense and national security, and his total lack of support for our allies. Our enemies are more threatening than ever, Mr. Obama does not heed the advice of our military leaders and he is downsizing and impairing our military capacity. That means the nation will be less able to defend against or pre-empt enemy attacks. After three years, Mr. Obama still wants talks with Iran and North Korea, neither of which have abandoned plans for nuclear weapons. Mr. Obama believes he can use the talks to buy time.

He has not stood up to China or Russia, which continue to protect Iran and North Korea from sanctions. At the same time, these countries are taking over countries and territory from people who fought for freedom. The inadvertent burning of Korans desecrated by Muslim prisoners in Afghanistan was followed by a quick Obama apology. He has not responded to the killing of six American soldiers with a statement saying we will hold the Afghan government responsible for their military and civilians killing these and other Americans serving in Afghanistan. Under no circumstances should he allow our military to be tried by Afghanistan or the United Nations.

Mr. Obama was informed that Iran was supplying weapons, technical aid, equipment and personnel that have been directly responsible for killing and wounding our troops and allies in Iraq and Afghanistan, yet he has done nothing to defend the military. We need a president who is committed to protecting our country from all threats and making sure we have the military might to do this effectively. Iran is like the mouse that roars, threatening the United States and Israel. It is time to make it clear if they attack Israel, block the Strait of Hormuz, or carry out attacks within our borders for whatever reason, the response will be immediate, decisive and devastating.



Let us all remember that Mr. Obama’s claim to fame, the killing of Osama bin Laden, would not have been possible without the Bush policies, the right intelligence and Navy SEALs. The November elections should result in an alternative to Mr. Obama’s failed policies and failure to defend of our military and country.

MARVIN L. HOOVIS

Centerville, Mass.

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