September 21, 2012
Filed under Opinion
Upon coming into office in January of 2009, President Obama faced a multitude of challenges not just with the economy in free fall but in the redirection of our foreign policy to restore the image of the United States across the globe. The previous administration left the United States with two unresolved wars, and President Obama set himself the task of responsibly ending them and getting American troops back home. He also vowed to continue to fight al-Qaeda and dismantle their leadership. With so much adversity, the president set lofty goals, and he has been largely successful in pursuing them.
The most trumpeted of the president’s victories was the elimination of Osama bin Laden after President Obama made the call to raid Bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan. He has also worked to eliminate al Qaeda’s leadership and leave them severely weakened in areas where they are trying to recruit.
In ending the war in Iraq and setting the deadline to remove troops from Afghanistan, the president has committed to resolving the wars that have seen 2.4 million young Americans sent off to service. As we emerge from over a decade at war, we will see our classmates, family and friends returning home, and President Obama has committed to upholding our promises to honor their service. From the creation of tax credits to hire returning veterans to the extension of the GI Bill to provide more than 800,000 veterans and their families to join our college campuses and pursue education, the President wants to make sure our vets are thanked in actions as well as words.
With new global challenges on the rise, from stopping the spread of nuclear weapons to trade issues, we should stand with President Obama as the person who can work peacefully with the world whenever possible and stand firm for American interests whenever necessary.