Al Qaeda has taken the Iraqi city of Fallujah and is increasingly active in Syria. Oh, but you say President Obama claimed Al Qaeda was on the run and ineffective after Osama bin Laden was killed.
You can argue whether the U.S. should have invaded Iraq, or not, but you can’t argue that the current President’s foreign policy is a complete failure. Hundreds of Americans and more troops from other allied countries died to liberate Fallujah and all of Iraq. Others came back missing limbs and/or with PTSD. Did their sacrifice count for nothing?
President Obama, for political reasons, ordered withdrawal from Iraq before Iraqi troops were ready. It’s the same in Afghanistan. Again, you can be on the side of former congressman Ron Paul, who thinks we should not have sent American troops to these countries, or you can support President Bush’s decisions. Once American lives are committed, however, we owe them and their families victory and nothing else. If we do not have victory as the goal, we shouldn’t be there.
I’m Cal Thomas.
Publication date: January 7, 2014