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Section A: General News


Letter: U.S. president did inherit a mess




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September 19, 2012 | 2,003 views | 66 comments

Editor:

For Barack Obama, and for Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan, it is fairly easy to quickly name the “messes” they assumed over the past 68 years upon being sworn into office. You don’t have to be a historian or a researcher to recall frequent references to sweeping events, such as recessions, wars, assassinations, resignations, revolutions, and other economic and social upheavals -- often portrayed or symbolized in vivid news images and often mentioned as well in newspaper and magazine headlines.

No doubt all U.S. presidents are heir to challenges proportionate to the greatness of our country and some of these travails may not be as readily remembered -- though they are no less daunting than those emergencies taken from the headlines.

But on the 11th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks, it would be improper not to recognize some of the “mess” inherited by our 43rd president.

In 2001, when our 43rd president took office, the planner of the 9-11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, was still very active and still very much at large (this was the same man behind the deadly bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993). This planner, Mohammed, had a partner, financier, and spokesman named Osama bin Laden who was also eagerly prowling -- seeking to satiate his ravenous hunger for malice against the United States. (By 2001, the men chosen by Osama bin Laden and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to lead the attacks on 9-11 had been in the United States for months.)

However, by the time Barack Obama (president No. 44) took office in 2009, the planner of 9-11 had already been in custody since 2003 and his partner in crime, Osama, was cowering and hiding in an isolated compound trying to avoid the CIA. Neither had been given the opportunity to repeat their aggressions against the United States, though both planned to do exactly that.

I’m grateful our 44th president approved an order to make sure Osama could never come out of hiding. I am also very thankful for what President Obama did not inherit.

Thank you, No. 43.

We will again pray for the families of those murdered 11 years ago and pray that we be spared from such atrocities in the days ahead.

Not everything a U.S. president inherits is burdensome, evil, or profane. In fact, some are exactly the opposite. These leaders also inherited the duty to act as stewards to those blessings of liberty which were bestowed by our Creator and then conceived and enacted by our predecessors of uncommon vision, purchased and dedicated by patriots of tremendous courage, and thereafter sustained by a people of integrity and resilience who also bear a sincere appreciation for this unique gift which they, too, have been fortunate enough to be granted as a heritage -- not a mess.

THOMAS LEYTHAM, M.D.

La Vernia
 

Your Opinions and Comments

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
September 28, 2012 5:04am
 
Tiger.....A fair market price is what the retailer is willing to sell a product for based on what the consumer is willing to pay for that product. That is the basis for the free enterprise system. You got a problem with that ?

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
September 28, 2012 4:51am
 
Ex.....Even the current political ads tout the fact that gasoline prices have doubled during the current administration term....there have been many changes in the price cycle of oil in the past 60 years. Some dramatic increases ... More ›

 
Ex-Tiger  
CA  
September 27, 2012 9:04pm
 
PG: If the oil is based on a future that may cause the price to rise, does the price drop if the prediction is incorrect? I haven't seen it yet. This why there are record breaking profits every quarter. I understand that ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
September 27, 2012 4:45pm
 
Just as in a drought, oil futures are based on an assumption that the price will rise or fall depending on a predicted circumstance happening or not happening. For instance, a war in the middle east or the easing of restrictions ... More ›

 
Ex-Tiger  
CA  
September 27, 2012 12:19pm
 
PG: Those are the Admirals words. A futures market price for hay would be artificial. What would you base it on? That the drought would end? There is no way to predict that. The price of a bale of hay increased due to the ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
September 27, 2012 11:57am
 
Ex Tiger....Just read your reply to Alvin.....what part of the reply is yours and what part is quoted ? Is that you or the admiral ????

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
September 27, 2012 11:42am
 
Ex Tiger.....I was using WW II as an example of the admiral's mistaken idea that the submarine would signal the end of the battleship usefulness. The strength of the dollar has a major impact on the price of oil. If ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
September 27, 2012 11:19am
 
4th...Blah Blah Blah Blah about sums up your military expertise. I guess you consider yourself to be the resident expert of Wilson county. I'm sure that your vast amount of military experience and advice will be appreciated ... More ›

 
Ex-Tiger  
CA  
September 27, 2012 11:03am
 
PG: World war II? You do think you know it all. Admiral Fischer died in 1920. I was not referring to modern warfare. I was referring to the power we have through the air. Note the two words aircraft development. By land and ... More ›

 
4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
September 27, 2012 10:19am
 
Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah....You and Obama have nothing meaningful to add to the discussion. Just a lot more bs and words that meaning nothing. Once again, as Allen West said, "a crap sandwich with a smile is still ... More ›

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