Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Your Views

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Your Views

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Obama has been 'destructive'

Regarding "Obama is one of our best presidents" (Your Views, July 23):

In the words of Hillary Clinton, the writer would need "a willing suspension of disbelief" to draw that conclusion.

Since assuming office, President Obama has allowed the destabilization of Libya and Syria and has failed to negotiate a Standard of Forces Agreement with Iraq, creating a security vacuum. Either unwittingly, or by design, Obama's actions have created the environment for, and facilitated the success of, ISIS and paved the way for a caliphate. ISIS will always be "Obama's War."

Obama has released the al-Qaeda combatants from Guantanamo, the most egregious being the Bowe Bergdahl swap, allowing them the opportunity to return to the radical Muslim jihad.

He is now pushing an agreement with Iran that would provide that government with the return of more than $100 billion in assets, the ability to purchase conventional and ballistic weapons and the installation of a missile defense system from Russia and ultimately would allow it to develop nuclear weapons, all of which would aid the radical Muslim jihad.

The one thing that Obama has done to deter the jihad was the execution of Osama bin Laden.

His foreign policy has also emboldened Russia and weakened Israel.

Obama has undermined our military and placed our national security in jeopardy.

In my view, Obama will be recorded not as "one of our best," but rather as the most destructive president in history.

W. L. Kane

Harrington Park, July 23

Rep. Garrett accepts all

Regarding "Garrett keeps quiet on gay candidates" (Page A-1, July 22):

Is it any wonder voters are turned off by politics today? The recent character assassination of Rep. Scott Garrett, R-Wantage, apart from his views, by politicians in elected office from both parties in Bergen County is frankly repulsive.

Whether or not Garrett donates money to support or advance a political agenda, regardless of its worthiness, has no relationship to his character, which I have observed to be one of kindness and respect for everyone regardless of race, gender, religion and sexual orientation. I have witnessed this acceptance and civility at numerous political events I've attended at which he was present. …

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