EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


September 17, 2012

Letter: Bush, Obama, lost Middle East to radicals


Shortly after Mubarak’s departure, a fall preceded by repeated calls from his administration for Mubarak to step down, Barack Obama absolutely gushed over the results in Egypt, and, in his euphoria, even compared the events in Egypt to the 20-30 year struggle by Mahatma Gandhi in India. Obama’s comments were made by one who chose to ignore the cautions from many that Mubarak’s departure would likely be followed by Muslim Brotherhood entrenchment. One can only hope that Obama’s allegiances have changed, after viewing our diplomats slaughtered in Libya and our embassy invaded and flag desecrated in Egypt.

We have been told, almost immediately, that Libya was the work of “terrorists” — read that as not reflecting the real desires of Libya’s people. And Obama chose to chastise Mitt Romney for speaking this truth to power: that what issued from our embassy in Egypt and from this administration was woefully, perhaps willfully, naive and pathetically weak.

What might happen eventually in Tunisia and Libya remains to be seen. What is the current view of a large majority of the people of Palestine, Iran and Egypt has been made very clear.

My vote would be to bring our troops home now, even if that is still five to seven years too late. Unfortunately neither of our presidential choices supports that.

Barry McCloskey


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