Dear Mark: You constantly bash our president when you should be standing with him, especially when it comes to foreign policy. The issues America faces abroad are daunting, yet you hammer him anyway. Our political differences should end at our shore. If you're so smart, what would you do? — Liberal Veteran
Dear Veteran: First of all, thank you for your service. As far as leaving political differences at our shore, maybe you should ask President Obama to do the same. It's rather obvious that the president's decisions in the Middle East and Russia are being driven by his fear of his liberal base prior to the November elections.
Theologian Harvey Cox is credited with saying "To not decide is to decide." That's the problem I have with Obama's foreign policy. The problems we face today could have been minimized if we had a commander in chief who acted in a timely and decisive manner.
For instance, if Obama had forged a better relationship with Vladimir Putin, maybe the Russian invasion could have been averted. Or if Obama hadn't scrapped plans for a long-range missile defense system in Eastern Europe Putin might have stayed put.
Concerning the Middle East, President Obama was more concerned about fulfilling a campaign promise than making sure conditions were right on the ground in Iraq first. As we now have learned, the president knew almost a year ago that ISIS was gaining steam in Iraq, and yet did nothing except call them a JV version of al-Qaida.
As for my solution, if President Obama doesn't want to put American boots on the ground, let's at least support the boots that are already on the ground in the Middle East and Ukraine, and then offer all of the air power necessary.
Dear Mark: Secretary of State John Kerry is a buffoon. He claimed in a speech that it's our job to protect Muslim countries from global warming. Seems like Muslim countries should be more afraid of beheadings and suicide bombings than the Polar ice cap melting. Maybe Kerry needs to stick with windsurfing and leave world events to professionals. Thank goodness he never became president. — Cat D. in SoCal
Dear Cat: Kerry made the ridiculous remarks in a speech during a ceremony to appoint Shaarik Zafar as Special Representative to Muslim communities. What in the heck is "Special Representative to Muslim Communities" — another czar? It sounds more like the administration's attempt to add more hyphenated Americans.
During his remarks, Secretary Kerry bellowed "Our faiths are inextricably linked on any number of things that we must confront and deal with in policy concepts today. Our faiths are inextricably linked on the environment. For many of us, respect for God's creation also translates into a duty to protect and sustain his first creation, Earth, the planet." Kerry also said that "Muslim majority countries are among the most vulnerable."
That's rich, coming from a leader in the Democratic Party that completely disrespects God's creations in the form of millions of abortions. It's laughable that Kerry would make the argument that Muslim countries are more "vulnerable" to global warming as if there's scientific proof that the religion of a country determines its susceptibility to global warming. Unless, of course, the Obama administration believes that God is picking on Muslim countries, in which case, Kerry may have just inflamed the radical Islamists even more. If I lived in a Muslim country today, I believe I'd feel most vulnerable to, oh, say, an ISIS attack.
Dear Mark: Vice President Biden went overboard when he said we would follow ISIS to the "gates of hell" to defeat them. What do you think? — Just Wondering
Dear Wondering: Sure, Biden will follow ISIS to hell just so Attorney General Holder can subpoena them.
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