Barry Reece: Don’t blame Obama

08/17/2014 8:00 PM

08/15/2014 6:05 PM

The writer of the Aug. 9 letter “ Obama’s fault” says Iraq and Afghanistan were under control when George Bush left office. Let’s look at the facts.

Sectarian violence in Iraq was rising dramatically when the Bush administration supported the 2006 election of Nouri al-Maliki as Iraq’s prime minister. Maliki promised to reach out and unify the Sunni, Kurdish and Shiite populations, but over the years his Shiite-dominated cabinet has exacerbated ethnic and sectarian tensions.

President Hamid Karzai, the elected leader of Afghanistan since 2004, will soon leave office. His legacy will be a nation racked by violence and sectarian divisions.

We may not like the leaders elected by the citizens of Iraq and Afghanistan, but at some point we have to limit U.S. involvement.

If we are looking for someone to blame for these two long, senseless wars that unleashed so much pain and suffering, think about the decisions made by George Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld.

Barry L. Reece

Pittsboro

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