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Obama kicks butt in foreign policy

Republican former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s column ("Obama's foreign policy reset has little to show for it," Oct. 28) criticizes President Barack Obama's foreign policy. It focused much on the tour that the President Obama undertook early in his administration. Mr. Ehrlich rightly points out that Mr. Obama never used the word apology. The tour could have been criticized for focusing too much on the foreign policy mistakes that the U.S. has made in the past but that would not have gained headlines, so the president's opponents called it an apology tour.

More importantly, Mr. Ehrlich claims Mr. Obama's foreign policy has been a failure. Really? Here are some of the successes. He had Osama bin Laden killed. He killed two al-Qaida number two's. He helped get rid of the murderous Moammar Gadhafi. He signed three historic foreign trade agreements with South Korea, Columbia and Panama. He even got Russia to sign on to sanctions against Iran. He funded Israel with more money than any U.S. president in history. His "crippling sanctions" against Iran has brought that nation's economy to near collapse. He ended the unwise war in Iraq. He is bringing to a responsible end the war in Afghanistan.

The question for Mr. Ehrlich is how many successes did the last guy, George W. Bush, you recommended we re-elect achieve during his term in office? Exactly. So your credibility on criticizing the foreign policy of President Obama is not very high.

Mel Mintz, Pikesville

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