Mark Kerry’s recent letter accuses President Barack Obama of lying to us about the war on terrorism. Kerry points out that many of the documents that were recovered when special forces killed Osama Bin Laden have not been released and that there is disagreement in the administration over our level of safety.

My question is: where was Kerry’s (or any other conservative’s) letter when we found out that there is no doubt whatsoever that President George W. Bush lied to us to get us involved in this mess in the first place?

Kerry complains of President Obama’s reluctance to associate Islamic State with mainstream Islam. At the same time — his letter demonstrates very clearly why the President does this.

Let’s look at the facts. There are about 1.6 BILLION Muslims in the world. ISIS currently commands about 30,000 followers. That is less than 0.002 percent of the Islamic population. Why would you allow these crazies to define 1.6 BILLION people?

How would we react if the leader of France or Great Britain made a connection between the nut jobs at the Westboro “Church” or the people who bomb women’s health clinics and all other Christians? I, for one, would be outraged. Those people no more represent Christianity than the Man in the Moon does.

Why would we want to paint ISIS and the billion-plus peaceful Muslims with the same brush?

Also — this is yet another instance of unbelievable conservative hypocrisy. In the days following 9/11, President Bush said:

“The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That’s not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace. These terrorists don’t represent peace. They represent evil and war.”

President Bush repeated this sentiment over and over for the next eight years.

I do not recall any conservative backlash over these statements. If I missed that — please let me know.

The name “ISIS” contains the word “Islamic” because these terrorists want to be thought of as Islamic. They want us to refer to them as “Jihadis” (holy warriors). They want the world to believe their propaganda that says that they are the true representatives of God’s will.

Why on earth would we want to accommodate these fanatics by allowing them to dictate how we refer to them?

Michael Hale

IT consultant

Baton Rouge