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October 24, 2014

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letter to the editor:

Cleaning up the last mess

Harold Ewing’s letter to the editor Oct.14, “Forever remember Bush’s presidency,” is about a presidency that isn’t easy to just cast aside and forget.

The most vivid memories are the two wars that were started by the Bush/Cheney presidency and left unfinished for President Barack Obama to sort out.

The invasion in 2001 in Afghanistan was justified after we were attacked by Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaida terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001.

The second war that Bush/Cheney started was the Iraq war. This war lasted nine years and ended in December 2011 after President Obama pulled out all combat troops.

The Iraq war should not have happened and was clouded with misinformation about weapons of mass destruction.

Had we not entered the Iraq war, we could have finished the Afghanistan war with a clear victory and a lasting peace for that country. Today, we are still battling the Taliban and al-Qaida terrorists.

President Obama and military leaders have decided to pull most of the U.S. troops out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014, thus ending America’s involvement in two misguided and mishandled wars started by the Bush/Cheney presidency and left unfinished.

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