- - Thursday, February 12, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

I just read President Obama’s request for the use of military force (“Obama’s military force proposal ‘utterly stupid,’ says Orrin Hatch,” Web, Feb. 11). After creating chaos in Iraq and Libya, Mr. Obama now wants to micromanage the war on the Islamic State. Notably he removes the threat of a sustained ground effort by American forces. Such valuable information normally is sought by enemy spies. Mr. Obama gives it to the world.

Our commander in chief’s distrust of the military became clear to me in 2009 when the Navy rescued the captain of the Maersk Alabama from Somalian pirates. A SEAL team had to hold its fire until an FBI agent arrived to supervise. I cannot imagine how embarrassed the FBI man must have felt.

EUGENE G. WINDCHY

Alexandria


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