Letters to the Editor

Republican record better on foreign policy

History proves that the wrong team is handling foreign policy.

John F. Kennedy's failure with the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba resulted in Fidel Castro's staying for 40 years. Lyndon Johnson expanded the Vietnam War. The war divided the country, and thousands were killed. In 1979, Iranians seized our embassy in Tehran and held 65 Americans for 444 days. Jimmy Carter unsuccessfully tried to rescue them. On Jan. 20, 1981, Ronald Reagan was inaugurated, and the hostages were released.

In the 1980s, Reagan won the Cold war. He didn't lead from behind. He educated Eastern Europeans on the benefits of capitalism and democracy, resulting in democracy throughout Europe. George W. Bush's invasion of Iraq removed Saddam Hussein. Libya's Moammar Gadhafi gave up weapons of mass destruction.

Barack Obama removed Egypt's Mubarak, leading from behind, offering no guidance or a replacement. The result is control by the Muslim Brotherhood, which hates America and Israel. Obama gives them $250 million, while cutting U.S. programs. He helped remove Gadhafi, but offered no replacement input. The result is several factions in control, including al-Qaida. That led to the attack on the Benghazi embassy and the death of our ambassador and three others.

During the election, Obama claimed al-Qaida was decimated. Meanwhile, it is active in the Middle East and throughout East Africa. After four years, Obama is unable to stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear bomb. It took North Korea's rhetoric to get Obama to install Bush's missile defense system, which he canceled in 2009.

Vince Sgroi