Art Rossetti: Weak leadership has led to turmoil

June 18, 2014 

The two main objectives of the Iraq War were that you couldn’t have a madman controlling 20 percent of the world’s most vital economic resource and to establish a permanent base in southern Iraq so the United States could exert influence in Iran, Iraq and Syria.

The side that won the last two elections wanted out at any cost. The reality is if that base was there today as envisioned, we wouldn’t be watching the collapse of Iraq to religious nuts.

The bottom line is that George W. Bush and Dick Cheney were playing chess while everyone else was playing checkers. While the media and the left were focused on weapons of mass destruction, the administration was looking down the road at what might transpire later on.

What they feared is now happening and we have no way to do a thing about it. Sending an aircraft carrier in to the gulf is useless.

Everyone who carried around “no blood for oil” signs is guilty of shallow thinking and has blood on their heads. This president heads that list. His weakness and willingness to carry out the wishes of his constituency has everything to do with the current events there.

Art Rossetti, Modesto

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