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Obama has used inept reasoning to ignore the military's advice

To The Daily Sun,

Remember how Democrats rejoiced on the night of President Obama's first election win, when he proclaimed, while standing under the glistening white Roman columns, "A new dawn of American leadership is at hand"? Yes indeed, now was his chance to show the world how America should be acting as the leader of the Free World.

Let's not forget that while in Cairo, Egypt in 2009, he proclaimed that there would be a "new beginning in the Muslim world." He then proceeded to ignore the Green Revolution in Iran. He ousted Hosni Mubarak in Egypt in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Morsi. Obama also ordered the capture of Gadafi in Libya. The mob killed him and then-Secretary Clinton gleefully declared, "we came, we saw, he died." Now we know about the Libyan disaster that resulted, including four unnecessary American deaths.

Of course at this point, what difference does it make to Hillary. She is primed to be our next president. As our first female president, don't be surprised if her next exclamation turns out to be, I ran, I won and I will be the first female president to guide our nation under a shiny new leftist message: gender neutrality is here and progressive equality is near.

Anyway, Obama dared Syrian leader, Bashar Assad to use chemical weapons on the country's citizens lest he incur the wrath of American military might. In August 2013, Assad used them to kill hundreds of men, women and children. Obama cowardly ordered our military to stand down.

Though his advisers pleaded with him to work with Iraqi leadership to keep a stay behind force in that country, Obama declined, and the last convoy pulled out of Iraq in Dec. 18, 2011. Our troops were once again demoralized for having bravely fought and died to maintain stability in that war-torn country, after the success of the Unites States surge. Immediate descent into chaos ensued, and now we have begun to tip-toe back in.

The Middle East is on fire. To our allies, he has drawn their ire. Our enemies are again emboldened, believing that America has once again become a paper tiger. Did Obama and Kerry demand of Iran that they accept drastic limitations to their nuclear program and grant full International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) oversight or face military consequences? Why no, we have lifted sanctions and are giving them billions with which to expand their terror network. Meanwhile, they have already ignored parts of the agreement while this administration frowns and says tsk, tsk, naughty, naughty.

You know, it's almost as though we are giving them jizya while they give us taqiyya. Yes, we the infidels, give them gobs of money so they will like us and behave, while they lie and deceive us and continue their plan to eradicate Israel and the West.

Noman Benotman, a former top leader for the Libyan Islamist Fighter Group, who left the organization after 9/11, provides us with a painful reminder of why the radical Islamist world thought we were a paper tiger before 9/11. The Iranian hostage crisis, Beirut Marine Barracks bombing, Beirut Embassy bombing, 1993 World Trade Center bombing, Black Hawk Down terror attack in Somalia, Khobar Towers attack, and the attack on the destroyer USS Cole in Yemen. Our feckless response to all these Islamist terror attacks is why those terror leaders laughed at Noman when he warned them of a nasty response from the United States.

After eight years of Obama's disastrous foreign policy, can you dare imagine how this country will fare under President Hillary, America's other favorite Alinskyite. Yes I know, she disagreed with old Saul's anti-establishment tactics, preferring to make changes from within. Given the depth of the Clinton's scandals and corruption, you don't suppose she is using some of those "Rules for Radicals" methods while inside the establishment for lo these many decades, do you?

Given the pre-9/11 history and the massive military strategy failures of our president, one might think Obama would reflect unfavorably on the inept reasoning he used to decide to ignore the advice of his top military commanders. Those would be the ones he did not force to retire. Well actually, what I have heard is that he thinks his military policy has been a resounding success in no small part because he chose to ignore conventional wisdom and do it his way. "I've got a plane and a drone and I'll go it alone." Such is the madness of the narcissistic, radical, progressive left leadership in this country.

Russ Wiles
Tilton

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Imperative that all Democrats unite to defeat Donald Trump

To The Daily Sun,

It's clear that Donald J. Trump will become the Republican nominee. Just think, he's one step closer to the White House. This election has a lot at stake, and more then ever — Democrats must unite. Our goal as Democrats is to stop Trump.

Everyone at first thought that he was a joke. However, we came to realize that this is not a joke — a mistake Republican elites should've corrected, but failed to react earlier. The #NeverTrump movement failed during the primaries, but it still should continue all the way to the general elections.

Democrats, whether you're for Bernard Sanders or for Hillary Clinton; it's time to unite the party, and join forces to stop Trump in the fall. Donald Trump has proven that he's a misogynist, bigot-filled demagogue who will divide America. He has brought up key issues, such as immigration, but just because he's bringing up these key issues doesn't mean that his plans will make America great again. Even then, America hasn't stopped being great.

It's time to set aside the emotions that we have for a candidate, and realize that if we don't unite now, Trump will have an advantage to attack the Democratic nominee earlier than the Democrats can.

I'm a fervent Hillary Clinton supporter who thinks she can get things done. However, if Bernard Sanders was the front-runner, I would urge my side to unite with Sanders' side. As Hillary Clinton holds a strong lead in both pledged delegates (300-plus) and popular votes (3 million-plus), the will of the people has spoken. I hope and welcome any and all Sanders supporters, as well as undecided Democrats/Independents to join our camp.

Sanders has accomplished more than people credit him for — for instance, bringing new voters to the democratic process, as well as being able to change some of the areas in the Democratic platform. However, this election in November is crucial, and for Sanders' supporters out there, as much as you're passionate about your candidate, a no-show to the polls in November is essentially a vote for Trump. A vote for a write-in candidate or a third-party candidate is also essentially a vote for Donald Trump.

The choice is clear for Democrats, either vote for a candidate that has insulted minorities and women, or vote for the candidate who, in my opinion, will move America forward. Her plans are quite clear, and she wants to break down all kinds of barriers. Whoever the Democratic nominee is — Sanders or Clinton — we must unite blue, and vote for the Democratic nominee this November.

Nick Crosby
Groton

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