Iraq stance shameful

As a Marine Vietnam veteran, I have never been more ashamed of a country and its president. President Obama’s attempt to stay out of the chaos in Iraq reeks of ego.

His bogus excuse to give humanitarian aid with minimal military support, and not put troops on the ground, is despicable when you consider that his reasoning is he doesn’t want to fight another war in Iraq after running out of the country, leaving it undefended against insurgents and anarchists from within.

He takes no responsibility, blaming the Iraqi government for not allowing him to leave a small force as a deterrent. We fought and died there, and in essence owned that country. He could have stood his ground and made the issue non-negotiable, but he didn’t.

Now he has placed this country in a moral dilemma, telling us that he will not put boots on the ground while thousands of people are tortured and mutilated and murdered.

Obama’s big accomplishment to end the war in Iraq was just a sham. The blood of thousands of victims is on Obama’s hands. It’s his fault for the outcome he now faces. The threat by ISIS to destroy America should be the president’s priority, but he would rather play golf.

Gregory Topliff

Warrenville, S.C.

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