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Put the focus on problems here at home

Published: Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

As a 16th Congressional District resident, I’m appalled by the behavior of our government and the support our government is giving terrorists with whom we’ve been engaging a war for the last 11 years and more.

The shipment of arms and military supplies to the terrorists now terrorizing the Syrian people and ethnically cleansing Christians is unacceptable. We don’t make deals with devils just to kill other devils. This foreign policy of “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” is poorly thought out. 

We must act as a nation with integrity, and we’ll be respected. We cannot support tyrants, thugs, and regional gangbangers just because we’re seeking to advance oil interests or other money interests globally. If these are the policies that are supposed to “protect American interests,” then they’ve failed.

American interests should reside here in America. The evidence of that failure is our devastated economy, record high unemployment, and record number of Americans now receiving government aid. Obviously, the line “protecting American interests” is simply window dressing at best, misleading in real terms.

The Obama administration is speaking out of both sides of its mouth by classifying patriot groups as terror groups and conversely supporting real terror groups in the Middle East. The Obama administration is duplicitous in its policy of shipping arms to terror groups in the Middle East while attempting to deny Americans their own right to keep and bear arms here at home. 

Our representative to our federal government who should be voicing concerns of his constituents to the federal government is Adam Kinzinger. I’m calling on Congressman Kinzinger to step up as the representative of this district and oppose the Obama administration’s schizophrenic foreign policy in order to project American stability as opposed to projecting a “confused, duplicitous” American foreign policy.

Note to readers: David Hale is a candidate for the Republican nomination for the U.S. House, 16th District.

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