Before he was the President of the United States, Barack Obama had a soft spot for those who bombed Americans. He bookended his career with support for bombers.

I appreciate the intelligence and political skills of President Obama. He was able to become the first person of African-American heritage to earn enough votes in the Electoral College to become our president. He did something that "experts" said was impossible and he had to beat the Democratic Party establishment to do it.

But I have always been concerned about his admiration and support for violent bombers who have intentionally killed and traumatized Americans. Obama has a record of supporting people who use bombs.

One of the greatest bomb builders was Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani. President Donald J. Trump ordered his death and the American military did the job.

The late Soleimani was the architect of the bombing strategy that was used to kill and maim thousands of American soldiers in the wars spawned by the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

Those Iranian bombs killed two people I knew well. Freetown native Tyler Trahan was a member of Navy SEAL operation and was killed by one of those bombs. New Bedford police officer Joseph Camara was killed by one of those Iranian bombs as a sergeant in his National Guard unit serving in the war on terrorism overseas.

After Trahan and Camara were destroyed by the Iranians, President Obama sent millions of dollars to Iran, and he did it in a cowardly manner.

I respect strength and loyalty. I respect the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines who volunteer to defend my country.

I can't pretend that President Obama didn't give material support to the terrorists who killed a young man I knew when he was still making a list for Santa Claus and a police officer who was a sergeant in my military police unit before he transferred to the Rhode Island unit that went to war.

President Obama sent Iran money; President Trump sent them a missile. Details matter.

Chris McCarthy is the host of The Chris McCarthy Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @Chris_topher_Mc. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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