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Leaders missed opportunities

World War II ended in victory. Truman proceeded to dismantle and destroy the world’s greatest fighting force. When he decided to aid the South Koreans, we did not have one full division of troops available to fight. Thousands of our soldiers were killed. The fighting stopped when Eisenhower informed the North Koreans that bombs would be coming their way.

The military made plans which would have easily defeated the North Vietnamese early in the Vietnam war. The Kennedy and Johnson administrations vetoed these plans because North Vietnamese civilians might be hurt. How can anyone approve of protecting the enemy and then send thousands of our soldiers to their deaths?

During the Carter administration, communism spread across the globe. Russia knew Carter would do nothing to oppose them. Friendly governments in Nicaragua and Iran were overthrown because Carter withdrew our support. Hostages were taken in our embassy. Carter did nothing. The day Ronald Reagan became president, the hostages came home.

Many thought communism was invincible. Reagan said not so. The Cold War followed. In country after country, communism was defeated. The Iron Curtain melted away and 450 million people in Eastern Europe were given their chance of freedom.

Eight years of Clinton gave us dead soldiers in Somalia, car bombing of the World Trade Center, bombing of two Embassies and the warship Cole. Clinton would rant and rave, but nothing happened. Many millions of Al-Qaida’s income came from the U.S. Nothing was done to prevent this. It is called financing your own destruction.

Mansoor Ijaz is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, chairman of a New York investment firm and an advisor to the Fox Network. From 1996 to 2000 he talked to Clinton, U.S. Security Advisor Samuel R. “Sandy” Berger and Sudan’s President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir. As a result of these talks, Sudan made repeated attempts to turn over to the U.S. Osam Bin Laden and his al-Qaida followers, plus detailed intelligence data about Egypt’s Islamic Jihad, Iran’s Hezbolla and the Palestinian Hamas. The silence of the Clinton administration in responding to these offers was deafening.

Thomas Crosswhite

Grass Valley

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