- - Friday, September 12, 2014

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

President Obama can never take no for an answer or admit that he made a mistake. When he screws up, he likes to “double down.” For example, Gen. Wesley K. Clark was shown war plans at the Pentagon right after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. The plan was to destabilize seven countries in five years: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Iran. This list did not even include Egypt, which we temporarily toppled.

Now Mr. Obama wants to bomb Syria again, but this time to get to the Islamic State, a public-relations name change of al Qaeda. Does the American public realize that we armed and trained al Qaeda? President George W. Bush claimed that al Qaeda and the Taliban were responsible for Sept. 11, 2001, but it was Mr. Bush and now Mr. Obama who continue to keep the public from reading the 28 pages of the 9/11 Commission report that exposes Saudi Arabia’s role in assistance to those who flew those planes into our buildings. In other words, the attack on Iraq seems to have been for naught.

Mr. Obama had the chance to take out the entire Islamic State military on the roads of Iraq, but ignored that opportunity. So now through some kind of convoluted logic, the media and Mr. Obama are trying to convince the American public that we must strike now in Syria to get the bad al Qaeda savages. Meanwhile, all variants of al Qaeda will behead any Christians, Jews or non-extremist Muslims of any age. All the while, Mr. Obama keeps our southern border with Mexico open to hordes of disease-carrying (and worse) illegals, and warns us about the dangers of Christians, gun owners and veterans. The Islamic State is not on that ‘bad guy’ list, of course.

All the time, Mr. Obama knows that Iran and Russia are bound by treaty to come to the assistance of Syria if we attack it. Can you say needless exposure to nuclear war?

JOSEPH DUPONT

Towanda, Pa.

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