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Finally, a president reluctant to go to war

To the editor: I, for one, have been thrilled to have a president who has exercised restraint in going to war and not seeking military solutions to everything. It has made me feel a lot safer. ("Obama still in office, but ex-aides' books and claws are already out," Oct. 7) It makes me so mad to hear that Leon Panetta, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Robert M. Gates have all been so critical of the president after serving in his Cabinet, in addition to the nonstop barrage from the GOP. If we hadn't gone after Saddam Hussein based on the lie that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, there would be no extremist Islamic State. We have created so many enemies by dropping...

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