Contrary to the opinion of Greg Brush, President Obama is not standing idly by: he is actively pursuing a commonsense policy. That policy is premised on the position he has stated clearly: “…there’s no American military solution to the larger crisis there [Iraq].”
The larger crisis in Iraq, and the Middle-East in general, is generated by intense sectarian differences, so a diplomatic solution doesn’t appear possible either. President Obama’s policy is also based on the extremely expensive lesson we learned from the Bush cabal’s experiment in Iraq. Or at least we should have learned.
Meanwhile, President Obama and our legislature should be concerned about the sectarian strife here in our own country. Far right fundamentalists have gained control of the GOP. They are promoting disdain and distrust of federal government: at the same time they are sponsoring ideologically-based legislation to enshrine their religious beliefs into law.
Brush is correct in saying America is in decline: but not because of President Obama. The decline was initiated by Reagan, with his embrace of supply-side economics, and the decline has continued, accelerating exponentially under George Bush. The decline continues under Obama, thanks to our gridlocked Congress. Leave it to the GOP to hamstring the President, then criticize him for limping.
John H. Terrell