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NEWS
September 13, 2013
Once again President Vladimir Putin of Russia has outmaneuvered our president by arranging essentially a hands off policy for the U.S. while Russia continues to supply Syrian President Bashar Assad with sophisticated weaponry ( "Putin's dubious offer," Sept. 11). The chemical arsenal of Syria has not proven a key factor in Syrian aggression against rebel forces, instead being a media fiasco. With the removal of chemical weapons, if that actually occurs, Russia will be able to send its ships loaded with weaponry to Mr. Assad while theoretically removing any chemical weapons that Mr. Assad is willing to release.
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By Jules Witcover | September 13, 2013
A dozen years ago, as President George W. Bush was beginning to build his case for invading Iraq, a key Justice Department lawyer argued forcefully before a Senate subcommittee that the president had the power as commander-in-chief to wage war without going to Congress. John Yoo, a deputy assistant attorney general, declared that the president was "the sole organ of the federal government in the field of international relations," rather gratuitously adding that "we would be willing to act with congressional support.
NEWS
September 12, 2013
The Middle East is a powder keg. The hatred and conflict over Israel will never end as long as dictators and religious extremists keep stoking the fires for their own purposes. Meanwhile, weapons of mass destruction, including chemical weapons that are among the most hideous ever devised, are a real threat to the whole world, not just to the U.S. Syria has the largest stockpile of chemical weapons in the Middle East. It's bad enough that Syria is one of the very few countries in the world that still hasn't signed and ratified the international Chemical Weapons Convention outlawing such weapons.
NEWS
September 11, 2013
The current crisis in the Middle East deals with the Syria's use of chemical weapons, but the fact that it is taking place in Syria is immaterial. The problem could be anywhere in Europe, Africa or Asia and be of no less importance ( "Syria: Where's the outrage?" Sept. 3). The issue is not regime change in the middle of a sectarian civil war but the use of deadly gas by a rogue state. We in the free world must not sanction or tolerate in any the use of such horrific weapons. All possible measures must be undertaken to prevent this catastrophe, even if it means punitive or military action against the offender.
NEWS
September 11, 2013
The Obama administration has decided to strike at the Assad regime in Syria because of its alleged use of chemical weapons in a civil war that has already killed about 100,000 people and sent millions of refugees into Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq (" The decisive moment," Sept. 9). As yet unclear is when the attack will be launched or what form it will take. The administration has been talking about air strikes while Secretary of State John Kerry, waffle iron at the ready, has hinted at the use of ground forces.
NEWS
September 10, 2013
There is every reason to doubt the seriousness of the proposal by Russia — quickly seconded by Syria — to turn over the Middle Eastern nation's chemical weapons stockpile to the international community for destruction as a way to avert possible U.S. military strikes. The turnaround for those two nations is too abrupt, and the timing too suspect, for us to put much hope into it. However, President Barack Obama is right to pursue it vigorously — not only because military action should be a last resort but also because the proposal offers the chance for a much more comprehensive response to Syrian President Bashar Assad's use of chemical weapons than cruise missile strikes could.
NEWS
September 10, 2013
Chemical weapons are made by many nations in the world, including our own. Who has them, who gets them and how they are used is a kind of war roulette. Another kind of bio-terrorism game is local and national, and I don't see the president lobbying the Monsanto shills in Congress to stop the use of chemical pesticides akin to 2-4D, a warfare defoliant (Agent Orange) used for some genetically modified organisms. GMO's are time bombs in our bodies and genetic land mines in our soil.
NEWS
September 10, 2013
President Obama is trying to drum up foreign support for a preemptive strike on Syria but he is not receiving much support worldwide ( "Obama says most G20 leaders agree Assad behind chemical attack," Sept. 6). What is noteworthy is that for two years the Obama administration has stood by and watched and done nothing while more than 100,000 Syrians were killed in a civil war. But now, just because chemical weapons have been used by someone, Mr. Obama feels that crossed his "red line," and all of a sudden he wants to punish the Assad regime.
NEWS
By Joel Brinkley | September 10, 2013
Vladimir Putin may be the world's most hypocritical leader. The debate over the Syrian chemical weapons attack has brought this into sharp focus. The Russian president has repeatedly called the idea that the Syrian government carried out the attack "absurd" and "utter nonsense. " That leaves only one alternative: Syrian rebels did it — an idea that is absurd, utter nonsense. First of all, Syrian President Bashar Assad is already responsible for the brutal killing of more than 100,000 of his own people — using billions of dollars worth of weapons Mr. Putin sold him. Why would it be surprising that he used a different method to slaughter a mere 1,400 more, including at least 400 children?
NEWS
September 9, 2013
This week, Maryland's congressional delegation will be called on to vote on a matter of the gravest national importance: President Barack Obama has asked lawmakers to authorize punishing military strikes against Syria in response to that government's use of chemical weapons last month to murder more than 1,400 of its own citizens, including 400 children. We urge our representatives in Washington to stand behind the president's resolve not to allow these heinous crimes to go unpunished.
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