- - Monday, September 22, 2014

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The foreign-policy approach of President Obama is responsible for the chaos in Iraq, is leaving North Korea as a threat to South Korea and to other countries, and is allowing our economic and military adversaries China and Russia to threaten our allies and support our terrorist enemies. The decisions of Secretary of State John F. Kerry and Mr. Obama have allowed Syrian President Bashar Assad to remain in control and continue killing thousands more civilians, and Iran to continue its program to have nuclear weapons.

The recent acceptance of the new Iraq government under Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi that left former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in the government may have been premature. Mr. al-Abadi wants to control and restrain U.S. military involvement, and, more importantly, wants Iran to play a role. The latter is a repeat of the al-Maliki approach, is a red flag to the Sunnis, and is, in essence, a continuation of the policy and philosophy that forced Sunnis to join the fight against the misguided Iraqi government.

The United States should use its leverage to make sure that the new Iraqi government will be inclusive for Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds and not an Iranian puppet state that will further destabilize the Mideast.

MARVIN L. HOOVIS

Centerville, Mass.

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