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Letter: Foreign policy failure

As a Vietnam-era Navy veteran, and having close relatives who served in every war from the Civil War to the Gulf War, I am disappointed with President Obama’s dithering foreign policy. (Note: I am not a partisan person, and I have been a registered Independent for many years).

President Obama’s complete withdrawal from Iraq has allowed the Sunni/al-Qaida terrorists to make a huge comeback in Iraq, and threaten peace in the Middle East. It could ultimately set the stage for the establishment of bases to promote attacks throughout the world, including the United States. Is Afghanistan next?

Obama’s inattention to Iraq’s previous request for air support in May 2014 has led to the current threatening situation. The 5,000 American contractors and embassy staff are in danger of attacks by the al-Qaida Islamists. The injection of Iranian troops in the battles further exacerbates the conflict, and could allow Iran to gain a foothold in Iraq.

Obama’s pivot away from the Middle East has emboldened radical Islamic terrorists in Pakistan, Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen, Libya and now Iraq. They know he is all talk and is ready to hand out lots of carrots and punish enemies with a wet noodle.

DONALD A. MOSKOWITZ

Londonderry, N.H.

While I share your frustration with the continuing deteriorating situation in the Middle East, please recall that the US withdraw from Iraq was the result of the Status of Forces Agreement signed by the Bush administration. Obama became president after that agreement was signed. The current sectarian stiff we are witnessing is rooted in centuries old tribal and ethnic differences. There's very little the US can do to change that. In my opinion, it was the Bush administration's ill advised invasion that created the current hornet's nest.

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