Extensive bombing needed, warranted

Yes, we should bomb the hell out of Iraq. Many innocent people will get killed, but so be it.

Someday, the Iraqi people will get sick and tired of war and the killing that takes place, then maybe they will demand their government will get rid of the bad guys and terrorists once and for all.

I really don't think it will happen, but let's all say a prayer that the Iraqi people will realize we have the best airmen in the world and plenty of bombs. We won't run out of them.

President Barack Obama must keep his promise of no ground troops.

Robert V. Beaudreau

Fremont

U.S. doing its best to destabilize Mideast

The U.S. is in the process of destabilizing every country in the Mideast. Countries with relatively stable governments in which diverse groups of people got along with few problems are now at each others' throats, and shadowy, well funded militant groups of mercenaries are able to have their way wherever they want.

Rarely reported is the gruesome genocide of Christians in Syria and Iraq. These groups were left alone by the dictators we chose to eliminate.

The Islamic State group is obviously well funded and well armed. If you follow the money trail, the U.S. citizen is unwittingly funding this horrific terror group with virtually every gasoline purchase.


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It is well known that Saudi money is funding these masked supposedly Sunni Muslims who have orders to wipe out every other Muslim faction and Christians. Worldwide Christian genocide is occurring daily.

The U.S. could eliminate these killers in a very short time if it wanted to. I'm glad airstrikes have been ordered. Hopefully, ISIS murderers -- and not innocent civilians -- are killed.

Marilynne L. Mellander

El Sobrante

We broke it and now we must try to fix it

Colin Powell cited the Pottery Barn rule of "if you break it, you own it" regarding Iraq. The misadventure for oil dominance keeps biting our backside over and over again. There is no question who led us into this fiasco and now President Barack Obama must deal with it.

Staying there forever, as some Republicans propose, is impossible. History tells us these expensive foreign wars lead to the destruction of once-powerful nations and we see debt-ridden America entering that downward spiral. I think it is a slippery slope and a mistake. But we broke it.

I wish all of those who must tackle this problem do so with compassion, wisdom and good judgment.

Anne Spanier

Alameda

Airstrikes are all we can do at this point

President Barack Obama is about six months too late with those airstrikes. But he had to do something.

This militant ISIS group is never going to give up. They live for conflict. The best thing our country can do to protect us is secure our borders big time, like other countries do. I mean it, they have to get busy and do everything they can do to secure our borders. Neither political party really cares about securing our borders; that really baffles me.

Those countries over there are always going to fight, that's what they do. It will never, ever stop. The U.S. can only do so much, but it's a no-win situation, as you can see by what's happening in Iraq. Airstrikes is all we can do at this point. If it doesn't work, they're on their own.

Cathy Ledbetter

Newark

Congress has given no authorization

Violating the Constitution has been all too prevalent in recent decades.

Only Congress has the power to declare war and spend taxpayers' money. The recent airstrikes in Iraq have no congressional authorization.

Forty years ago, President Richard Nixon resigned, largely because he assumed powers that the Constitution did not give him. All presidents -- including Barack Obama -- must follow the Constitution.

Richard S. Colman

Orinda

Humanitarian crisis in Iraq is unfolding

This is no longer President George W. Bush's war, it's President Barack Obama's war and he must man up and take ownership.

According to news reports, there's a humanitarian crisis in Iraq. I wish I were as believing of the press as I once was, but we have no other source. If reports are true, this is a rescue mission from annihilation, not strategic airstrikes.

Yes, as the leaders of the free world, these are the times when we should assist. It's justifiable and right. The reports state there are Christians being chased into the mountains. As a Christian-based nation, we are essentially assisting our own. This is not to say we shouldn't assist others, as we have proved time and again we are willing to do just that, at a heavy price.

Once again, a commander in chief is asking our brave young men and women to put their lives on the line for people they never met. Next time you see veterans, tell them "thanks," buy them coffee or lunch and give them your seat on the plane. God bless America.

Roger Stromgren

Brentwood

United States can't be the world's policeman

No, I do not approve of President Barack Obama's use of airstrikes in Iraq.

We were never appointed the world's policeman and should stop trying to act as if we were. The world badly needs a policeman, but it should be a peacekeeping force of a strengthened and democratized United Nations.

The United States, of course, will not buy into the need for U.N. reform because we would have to give up our precious veto power in the U.N. Security Council.

Robert F. Hanson

Walnut Creek

Humanitarian help desperately needed

Yes, I approve President Barack Obama's use of airstrikes and airdrops in Iraq -- at their government's invitation -- to halt the pogrom being perpetrated by ISIS against innocent minorities and the legitimate governments in the region.

I am disgusted with House Speaker John Boehner's partisan political inactivity and his incorrect and hypocritical allegation that the president "doesn't have a plan" when faced with ISIS' hostility. Besides, it is the Congress' role to declare war; yet Boehner still isn't willingly discussing this situation in the House, thereby forcing the president to act unilaterally.

Then Boehner's party complains about Obama's executive orders. They cannot have it both ways. Better still would be for such neo-cons to finally support the U.N. and let them lead in this crisis. Still, the world looks to us for leadership, and Obama has taken the reins while Boehner fiddles.

I'm anti-war at heart, yet we must all endorse the president's humanitarian efforts to thwart ISIS' active genocide, and support the valiant efforts of our armed forces, wishing them all Godspeed.

Ed Chainey

Richmond