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Obama's many failings easily Trump Donald's

Published 30/11/2016

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Following the barrage of bile from the cacophonous anti-Trumpites regarding his suitability to enter the White House as President, let me assure all those who may have required a sip of laudanum that all is well, as he has an easy act to follow.

Barack Obama's foreign policy will arguably go down as the worst in the history of the United States.

The Obama doctrine has failed miserably. His naivety to the Aleppo atrocities has left almost half a million dead in Syria, never mind Iraq and Libya. He also cut a deal with Iran, which was an 'open sesame' for them to wage proxy wars in the region wherever took their fancy. All the time this was taking place, Russia invaded Ukraine and annexed Crimea and is now the leading world power.

Global terrorism prospered on Obama's watch, as a report by the Institute for Economics and Peace will confirm. The worst year for terrorism was 2014, with 93 countries attacked and 32,658 people losing their lives. The following year, 2015, was the second-worst, with 29,376 fatalities. Last year, four radical Islamic groups - Isis, Boko Haram, the Taliban and al-Qaeda - were responsible for 74% of all deaths from terrorism.

For Obama to claim that he is succeeding against, what he describes as "violent extremism" is absurd and a bigger con than anything Trump has uttered. To be a success, all President-elect Trump has to do is counteract all of Obama's foreign policies. No doubt the present crop of anti-Trumpites will regale us with cries of, "We knew he could do it all along".

WILSON BURGESS

Londonderry

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