At what point will The Blade admit that President Obama’s national security philosophy has failed (“U.S. advised to get ready for militants; ISIS must be defeated in Syria, officials say,” Aug. 22)?
It’s clear he was so married politically to the promise of pulling troops from the Middle East, even to the extent of providing exact dates, that the result is the loss of all the gains made and sacrifices suffered there.
The President had evidence of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s intelligence and weaponry as it expanded from Syria into Iraq. He told us in January that ISIS was a “junior varsity” of al-Qaeda and that he was analyzing the situation. You don’t walk away from a dire threat; you confront it in a smart way.
Mr. Obama rode into the presidency not on proven capability and successful experience, but on charisma and the promise of hope and change. The results of his lack of leadership continue to make headlines: humanitarian crises, allies who are angry with us, and now the release of classified hostage recovery tactics that endangers our special forces and remaining captives.
True leadership and decisiveness have to be the President’s priorities, not special interests or quick political gains. To the world it’s painfully clear: Barack Obama never understood the job.
Aid worker sets a good example
Dr. Kent Brantly, a medical missionary working for Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian aid organization, upon his release from Emory University Hospital, expressed his gratitude to the medical professionals who helped him recover from the deadly Ebola virus that attacked him in Liberia while he was ministering to the sick and needy (“2 U.S. aid workers recover from Ebola,” Aug. 22).
Dr. Brantly also described the dedication of the aid workers in West Africa. He asked for continued prayers for them and for those who are suffering in Africa.
What a contrast to ISIS, which is killing thousands of innocent people because their beliefs are different.
Let’s pray that our national government resolves to eliminate this evil from our world, and that God sends more medical missionaries to these ravaged areas to help heal physical and emotional wounds.
C. CRAIG COVRETT
Levy requests are hard on voters
Public schools constantly bombard taxpayers with levy requests (“Perrysburg forms levy panel,” Aug. 19).
Voters need to be reminded that regardless of the worthiness of a levy request, every levy that they vote for means that their property taxes are going to go up.
Regardless of whether a person receives a paycheck or is retired, many people are on fixed incomes. Residents cannot automatically increase our incomes, so there comes a point when we have to vote our checkbook and say no to levy requests.
Our taxes are high enough, and we cannot afford more taxes.