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September 6, 2013
Why does our government not learn from the mistakes of the past? After the Russian invasion of Afghanistan we armed the opposition, and as a result the Taliban used those weapons to establish one of the most repressive regimes in post-World War II history. They provided aid and sustenance to al-Qaida, with disastrous results for the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. In Syria, much of the opposition to President Bashar Assad is vehemently opposed to the U.S. and Israel. Is it really in our national interest to assist these so-called rebels?
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NEWS
June 26, 2014
It is telling that Matthew Van Dyke in his recent commentary fails to present a single policy recommendation while criticizing the Middle East foreign policies of the last two U.S. administrations ( "Bush's recklessness, Obama 's fecklessness make U.S. look weak as Iraq crumbles," June 17). Like many commentators, Mr. Van Dyke relies on a false dichotomy between isolationism and military intervention. Although Mr. Van Dyke is correct that the 2003 invasion of Iraq represents what may be the greatest foreign policy mistake in U.S. history, his argument - that the present administration's feckless "isolationist tendencies, exemplified by President Barack Obama's foreign policy" has led to "complete chaos in the Middle East" - fails to acknowledge core realities which have been illuminated by George W. Bush's misadventures.
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NEWS
June 26, 2014
It is telling that Matthew Van Dyke in his recent commentary fails to present a single policy recommendation while criticizing the Middle East foreign policies of the last two U.S. administrations ( "Bush's recklessness, Obama 's fecklessness make U.S. look weak as Iraq crumbles," June 17). Like many commentators, Mr. Van Dyke relies on a false dichotomy between isolationism and military intervention. Although Mr. Van Dyke is correct that the 2003 invasion of Iraq represents what may be the greatest foreign policy mistake in U.S. history, his argument - that the present administration's feckless "isolationist tendencies, exemplified by President Barack Obama's foreign policy" has led to "complete chaos in the Middle East" - fails to acknowledge core realities which have been illuminated by George W. Bush's misadventures.
NEWS
June 20, 2014
While there may be hard choices in Iraq, military intervention in that nation is not warranted considering the role that Iran has played in supporting the government of Prime Minister Nouri Kamal al-Maliki ( "Hard choice in Iraq," June 16). Certainly, the international community including the U.S. has made tragic mistakes in the ongoing conflict in the Middle East, but only minimal diplomatic intervention for the time being should be considered. The obvious solution at the present is to withdraw from the now escalating war between Shiites and Sunnis, particularly in light of the more radical elements gaining control.
NEWS
By Gilbert A. Lewthwaite and Gilbert A. Lewthwaite,Washington Bureau of The Sun | May 21, 1994
WASHINGTON -- When the United Nations' expanded trade embargo against Haiti clicks into effect at midnight tonight, President Clinton will have just one remaining option for ousting the island's dictators if they remain defiant: military intervention.As the deadline for the ruling generals' departure approaches, there is no sign that they will buckle under the latest ultimatum to step down or that increased economic punishment will eventually force them out."I think the embargo is not going to work, and we will see that very soon," said Larry Birns, director of the Washington-based Council on Hemispheric Affairs.
NEWS
By Ginger Thompson and Ginger Thompson,Staff Writer | January 24, 1993
PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- If the Rev. Jesse Jackso controlled U.S. foreign policy, he says he would leaflet the island of Haiti and offer the military government eight days to return power to the Rev. Jean-Bertrand Aristide. If it refused, he would seriously consider military action."Haiti's military is not a formidable opponent," Mr. Jackson said during a weekend visit to this desperately poor country. "But I don't think it will come to that."If real pressure is applied, if the gas that is used by Haiti's military stops flowing, and the U.S. and the U.N. express their resolve unequivocally, then I think changes can be made without military intervention.
NEWS
By Carl Schoettler and Carl Schoettler,Staff Writer | August 10, 1992
ZAGREB, Croatia -- The intense, white-haired Bosnian political leader has none of the doubts expressed throughout Europe and the United States about military intervention in his country's war with Serbia."
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By Jules Witcover | March 28, 2014
Russian President Vladimir Putin's land grab of Crimea, with more threatened to come, has Republican neoconservatives eagerly lining up to denounce President Obama as a deplorably weak leader who settled for throwing snowballs at Putin rather than military muscle. Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, laboring to keep his presidential aspirations flickering after a brief day in the sun in the 2012 Republican primaries, has temporarily doffed his anti-abortion hat to get in front of the parade.
FEATURES
February 15, 2006
Feb. 15--1933: President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt escaped an assassination attempt in Miami that killed Chicago Mayor Anton J. Cermak. 1989: The Soviet Union announced that the last of its troops had left Afghanistan, after more than nine years of military intervention.
NEWS
September 29, 1994
A special session of Haiti's parliament called to pass an amnesty law ended after less than two hours without any vote being taken.A gunman fired on a crowd of some 200 Aristide loyalists as they marched toward an office of a paramilitary group in Port-au-Prince. One man was hit in the chest and critically wounded.A U.S. House committee approved legislation setting a March 1 cutoff date for U.S. military intervention in Haiti.
NEWS
May 30, 2014
I am writing in response to the letter written by Randall Miller in which he questioned why we went to war in Iraq and Afghanistan ( "Why did we go to war?" May 28). Perhaps the answer can be found in Major General Smedley Butler's book, "War is a Racket. " The military-industrial complex President Dwight Eisenhower warned about is thriving, and the cost is thousands of lives lost in two unnecessary wars. Tragically, we have no reason to hope there won't be another unnecessary war in the future as Republicans demand military intervention in response to any type of conflict in any country in the world.
NEWS
April 16, 2014
With Russian troops amassed along its border and Kremlin-backed separatists in control of major cities in eastern Ukraine, the government in Kiev is facing the gravest threat to its survival since the breakup of the former Soviet Union a generation ago. Unless the U.S. and its allies can convince Russian President Vladimir Putin to step back from using the unrest there as a pretext for military intervention, it looks more likely than ever that eastern...
NEWS
By Jules Witcover | March 28, 2014
Russian President Vladimir Putin's land grab of Crimea, with more threatened to come, has Republican neoconservatives eagerly lining up to denounce President Obama as a deplorably weak leader who settled for throwing snowballs at Putin rather than military muscle. Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, laboring to keep his presidential aspirations flickering after a brief day in the sun in the 2012 Republican primaries, has temporarily doffed his anti-abortion hat to get in front of the parade.
NEWS
March 5, 2014
Russia's incursion into Ukraine has created a mess, and hopefully America will stay out of it ( "Containing Putin," March 3). Let NATO, the United Nations and the European Union work things out, though military action by any of them is unlikely. In fact, NATO's Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, Gen. Philip Breedlove, told reporters that the alliance "had no military plans to support Ukraine if it were attacked. " On Friday, President Obama said the U.S. "will stand with the international community in affirming there will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine.
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
By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2013
The dean of Maryland's congressional delegation and a prominent voice in the liberal wing of the Democratic Party, Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, said on Monday that she supports giving President Barack Obama authorization to strike Syria. "I believe the president's plan is the best response to protecting U.S. security interests in the region," Mikulski, the chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said during a lengthy speech on the Senate floor. "Therefore…after really great reflection and as much due diligence as I could do, I want to announce today to my colleagues and most of all to the people of Maryland who have supported me, that I will support the president's request for a targeted, limited military action against the Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime in response to the horrific, grim and ghoulish use of chemical weapons," she said.
NEWS
May 9, 1993
In SARAJEVO, the Bosnian government and rebel Ser military commanders signed a new cease-fire agreement covering the whole of Bosnia-Herzegovina from noon (6 a.m. EDT) Sunday. The agreement was signed after talks between the two rival military chiefs and the commander of U.N. troops in Bosnia, Gen. Philippe Morillon.Earlier, President Alija Izetbegovic blocked U.N. troops from heading to the embattled Muslim enclave of Zepa, saying Serb conditions for their presence would amount to Bosnian surrender.
NEWS
May 30, 2014
I am writing in response to the letter written by Randall Miller in which he questioned why we went to war in Iraq and Afghanistan ( "Why did we go to war?" May 28). Perhaps the answer can be found in Major General Smedley Butler's book, "War is a Racket. " The military-industrial complex President Dwight Eisenhower warned about is thriving, and the cost is thousands of lives lost in two unnecessary wars. Tragically, we have no reason to hope there won't be another unnecessary war in the future as Republicans demand military intervention in response to any type of conflict in any country in the world.
NEWS
September 6, 2013
Why does our government not learn from the mistakes of the past? After the Russian invasion of Afghanistan we armed the opposition, and as a result the Taliban used those weapons to establish one of the most repressive regimes in post-World War II history. They provided aid and sustenance to al-Qaida, with disastrous results for the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. In Syria, much of the opposition to President Bashar Assad is vehemently opposed to the U.S. and Israel. Is it really in our national interest to assist these so-called rebels?
EXPLORE
September 5, 2013
After nearly bringing the United States into another illegal, unconstitutional war, this time with Syria over its alleged use of chemical weapons against its people, President Obama has, appropriately, backed down and decided to seek congressional approval so that the American people can have a say in whether we, as a nation, want to enter into another military conflict, one that has the potential to escalate into a major world war. Much is at stake...
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