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Democrats should stop blaming the past for Obama's faults

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

It appears many seem to have forgotten that we in the United States elect a president every four years. Most of the time the election is just a re-election of the prior president until he has served two terms.

President Barrack Obama became president of the United States on Jan. 20, 2009 and was re-elected during 2012. Once a new president takes office there is normally a period of time given to allow the newly elected president to make the administration HIS administration. The time for adjustment is 100 days.

Part of becoming president is becoming the Chief Executive Officer and Commander in Chief of the United States. At the time President Obama became president, he also became responsible for everything that happened or did not happen from that point forward! Everything that happened prior to Jan. 20, 2009 is immaterial to President Obama’s tenure in office.

We withdrew from Iraq on Dec. 31, 2011. President Obama had been in office just one month shy of three years. Because of President Obama’s time in office, the plan for withdrawal from Iraq became his. Anything that President Bush had done prior to Jan. 20, 2009 was immaterial.

President Obama and Vice President Biden failed to negotiate a Status of Forces Agreement (SFA) with the Iraqi government. An SFA would have allowed our troops to stay in Iraq with protection from the laws of Iraq. President Obama withdrew all the troops from Iraq against the advice of his military commanders. His military commanders had recommended that 10,000 to 15,000 troops be left in Iraq as a stabilizing force. It was this stabilizing force that would have prevented the rise of ISIS and the destabilization of the middle-east. It was entirely President Obama’s decision and his mess!

I agree that the Shia and Sunnis have been fighting since the death of the Prophet Mohammed in 632. No matter what we do in the Middle-East the Shia and Sunnis will continue to fight, killing more of their own Muslims than anyone else. Maybe the extended warfare is what President Obama understood. President Obama was educated in Islam as part of his childhood education in Indonesia. Maybe President Obama’s understanding is why he left what was a stable nation without a stabilizing force to keep the peace between the Shia and Sunnis allowing a continuing warfare that had existed 1,400 years. But nonetheless President Obama abandoned his responsibilities to keep an Iraqi nation stable by withdrawing all the U.S. forces from Iraq.

I also agree that we should have never gone to war in Iraq. Iraq was not a threat to the United States. President Bush was wrong to go to war even though he had the support of more than 49 nations whose intelligence organizations indicated Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (WMD). A New York Times article published in 2014 depicted the finding of more than 4,000 WMDs. This article was further proof that Iraq had WMDs.

When it comes to living in the past it is the Democratic Party and its members who are always bringing up the past in an effort to blame President Obama’s actions on someone else. They have been “Bushing” ever since President Obama took office. The heck of it is that they are still “Bushing” and just can’t seem to let that rhetoric go.

In recent weeks we have had a prime example in the Charlie Gard case as to why we should never want universal health care, God forbid! We have examples in the United States with the Veterans Administration hospitals and the care of Indian tribes on U.S. controlled reservations where medical care is severely lacking. You have people dying before they can get care under universal health care. Universal health care will create a governmental monster that will make decisions for you and your family.

RAY SHAMLIN

Rocky Mount

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