Leaving Iraq was Obama's biggest foreign policy mistake [Letter]

August 14, 2014

I read with tears in my eyes and an aching heart that President Barack Obama has ordered airstrikes against ISIS militants in Iraq while vowing that no American combat troops will be sent back to the region and that he will not allow the U.S. to be dragged into another war there ("U.S. strikes have slowed, not weakened Iraq militants: Pentagon," Aug. 11).

It was quite obviously a political ploy when President Obama sent our military forces home from Iraq at the end of 2011 and that his real purpose was to enhance his chances for re-election in 2012.

When that occurred, it eradicated all possibility of Iraq becoming the first democratic nation in the Middle East and the establishment of a strong effective military the could protect the U.S. embassy and American consulates there.

It was the biggest foreign policy mistake President Obama ever made, and it has changed the situation of countries throughout the Middle East. Now all Hell has broken out there.

Quinton D. Thompson, Towson

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