Letter to the Editor

Time to stop

San Luis ObispoJune 26, 2013 

In his column, “America sidelined, barely relevant,” Charles Krauthammer attacks President Obama for exercising restraint in his approach to the ongoing conflict in Syria. He accuses the president of “choosing to practice forensics” instead of “serious statecraft” regarding the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

Since when is getting the facts straight before acting a bad thing? Remember when Hans Blix of the United Nations and Mohamed ElBaradei of the International Atomic Energy Agency both reported that Iraq did not have “weapons of mass destruction”? In Iraq, the Bush administration had the “forensics,” but, unfortunately, lacked the restraint.

Krauthammer also accuses President Obama of “evacuating” (evacuating?) Iraq because of his “inability” or “unwillingness to negotiate the Status of Forces Agreement.”

He completely overlooks the fact that this agreement was negotiated by George W Bush and signed by him on Dec. 14, 2008, before Barack Obama even took office. It called for the withdrawal of all U.S. troops by Dec. 31, 2011. Iraq, a sovereign country, dictated the terms.

Every time we take military action in a Muslim country, we inspire thousands of new terrorists. It is time to stop.

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