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September 10, 2013
With all this talk of deterrence, red lines and national interest, it is easy to forget that these are living, breathing people who will end their lives under American missile bombardment ("Syrian rebels ready to strike if U.S. does," Sept. 6). It would be extremely ironic if we launched a massive attack next Wednesday, the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 slaughter, without thoroughly considering, "Do we really have to do this?" John C. Stiles, Forest Hill
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September 25, 2014
President Barack Obama went to the United Nations this week to rally the world against what he called "the network of death" embodied by the Islamic State and other extremist groups that have captured large parts of Iraq and Syria in recent months. Mr. Obama said that such groups only understand "the language of force" and that confronting their brutality compels the world "to look into the heart of darkness. " But for all the president's soaring rhetoric about the need to defeat ISIS, it's unclear whether he can do that without putting American boots on the ground - something he has repeatedly ruled out - or whether he could survive the political fallout at home from doing so if that eventually became necessary.
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NEWS
October 18, 2012
Both GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. appear to be totally ignorant of the complexities of the Middle East in the 21st century, and, indeed, of U.S. history in general ("The Obama doctrine: Passivity where leadership is needed," Oct. 14). In the 1980s, pursuing a "contain the USSR at any cost" policy, we armed and trained the Afghan insurgents fighting Soviet occupation. These "freedom fighters," we now know, were the Taliban, who perpetrated some of the most horrific cultural and humanitarian crimes of the late 20th century and enabled the rise of al-Qaeda, which was responsible for the deaths of over 3,000 Americans on 9/11 and continues to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan.
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By Zainab Chaudry | September 11, 2014
Last night, in a televised address to the nation, President Barack Obama outlined his administration's strategy for battling the terrorist group ISIS. While I support and even welcome part of his remarks - such as his firm distancing of ISIS from the true tenets of Islam, his admission that the majority of ISIS' victims have been other Muslims and his commitment of U.S. support for Syrian rebels fighting Bashar Assad's regime - there are some issues that cause concern. We must acknowledge that ISIS is born partly as a result of extensive destabilization in the region caused by America's and Britain's 2003 invasion of Iraq in search of non-existent weapons of mass destruction.
NEWS
April 16, 2012
The recent news of the cease fire in Syria met with a "ho-hum," skeptical and less-than-enthusiastic reaction ("Shaky cease-fire starts in Syria," April 13). I was stunned. Can't we rejoice for the moment over the historic change in a method based on reason and wise counsel to alleviate a violent situation? We see in Syria's cease-fire the results of a committed dialogue from the U.N. and Arab League. I believe the cease fire of today event holds great hope for mankind. Cassandra S. Naylor, Stevenson
NEWS
September 11, 2013
The debate on Syria is much too limited ("Syrian rebels ready to strike if U.S. does," Sept. 6). It should not be about military effectiveness, national interest, or building coalitions. The more relevant question is why, after 6,000 years of civilization with extraordinary advances in technology, human rights, education, health and quality of life, when another nation acts badly the best we can come up with is to drop explosives on him? Really? We are back to the Stone Age and only the sophistication of the weapons has changed.
NEWS
September 9, 2013
The Sun editorial staff is of the opinion that the "U.S. must act decisively and forcefully to punish [President Bashar] Assad for his choice to unleash chemical weapons on innocent civilians in Syria - even if our allies won't" ("Where is the outrage?" Sept. 4). The editorial goes on to suggest that there were "more than 1,400 people dead, 400 of them children, from rocket attacks spreading a chemical agent. " But is President Barack Obama's belated concern over civilian casualties really about punishing Mr. Assad for using chemical weapons - or about covering up his Middle East policy disasters in Libya and Egypt, plus his ill-advised "red line" speech?
NEWS
September 12, 2013
The votes to strike Syria will be bought the same way every vote in Congress is bought. That's how the White House and Congress work ("The decisive moment," Sept. 9). So the question is, how many dead American military men and women, let alone how many dead innocent children in Syria from bombing errors, is that district bridge, project, building or program worth? Richard Troy, Timonium
NEWS
September 11, 2013
Your recent article on the difficulty President Obama is having persuading other nations to support a U.S. attack on Syria is the current retelling of Homer's "Iliad," in which two proud men have a foolish quarrel and many must die as a result ("Obama feels a chill in Russia," Sept 6). Sadly, as Benjamin Franklin wrote, experience is a dear teacher, but some will learn from no other. Professional schools' curriculums must include the classics because that is where to learn to understand how people respond to stress.
NEWS
September 12, 2013
President Barack Obama is making the hard sell for intervention in Syria ("Obama faces 2-front threat," Sept. 9). He alludes vaguely to numerous bad things that will happen if the U.S. does not intervene. He ignores the bad effects likely to ensue with such an intervention. He alleges bad outcomes, just like the "Domino Theory" of the Vietnam era was presented as an ominous consequence of not invading that country. The present argument about Syria is that it will be a short, limited intervention, with no spread of war and chaos.
NEWS
August 26, 2014
President Obama's decision last weekend to launch U.S. surveillance flights over Syria in preparation for possible airstrikes against the Islamist militants who have overrun large swaths of the country since June has brought the U.S. another step closer to direct involvement in the years-long civil war there. But it still hasn't resolved the most vexing question facing U.S. policymakers: How does one reverse the military gains of the radical Islamic State, which is now menacing Iraq as well, without at the same time strengthening Syrian President Bashar Assad's hold on power?
NEWS
August 22, 2014
Hillary Clinton's tactical retreat in her soft apology and meet-up with President Obama at Martha's Vineyard, after her ill-timed criticism of his "failure" in aiding Syrian refugees, indicates she may not be quite ready to put her best foot forward for the 2016 presidential race. Her remark in her interview with The Atlantic magazine, otherwise fulsome in praise of him, came at a time when Mr. Obama is struggling with a full plate of foreign policy woes. Inadvertently or not, it seemed politically self-serving, as she seems bent on shoring up her own acceptance with the more liberal elements in her own party.
NEWS
August 21, 2014
The announcement this week that scientists from Aberdeen Proving Ground have successfully completed the destruction of Syria's most dangerous chemical weapons has left the whole world breathing a little easier. If nothing else it ensures these cruel instruments of mass destruction will never be used against the U.S. or its allies - or against the Syrian people, who have been the main victims of the country's four-year civil war, which already has claimed more than 100,000 lives. Make no mistake: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad didn't turn over his country's chemical weapons to international inspectors last year out of any humanitarian impulse.
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By Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau | June 26, 2014
- President Barack Obama asked Congress on Thursday for the first time to approve direct U.S. military training for Syrian rebels, but he remains deeply ambivalent about intervening in a deadly conflict that has spilled over into neighboring Iraq, U.S. officials said. Obama asked for $500 million to "train and equip" opposition fighters in Syria who officials said will be "appropriately vetted" to ensure they have no ties to militant Islamic fighters fighting Bashar al Assad's regime.
NEWS
June 25, 2014
In a little-heralded announcement earlier this week, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons declared that the Syrian government of Bashar Assad had handed over the last 1,300 tons of its declared chemical weapons stockpile to international inspectors. News reports indicate the Syrian stocks of nerve gas and other chemical agents were loaded aboard U.S. ships that will transport them out to sea where they will be destroyed. At a time when the world's attention has been focused on the escalating sectarian conflict spilling across Syria's border into Iraq, the news was one of the few bright spots in an otherwise grim situation.
NEWS
June 20, 2014
Your editorial on the situation in Iraq left many hard questions unanswered ( "Hard choices in Iraq," June 16). Here is a suggestion: I was once a volunteer fireman who fought forest fires. After each fire was extinguished we were told that new growth would sprout because the old trees, brush and leaves had been removed from the landscape. The clearing would give way to a fresh stand of trees. If the free world were pragmatic "forest rangers" and let the Mideast conflagration burn itself out, personal independence would increase because of the new environment.
NEWS
September 8, 2013
If I truly believed Syria's Bashar Assad used Sarin gas to kill his people, I'd be outraged ("Where is the outrage?" Sept. 4). However, after watching much of Tuesday's Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, I'm troubled by the overuse of the term, "alleged. " The word suggests doubt. If Syria's "alleged" actions are so dangerous, where are that country's neighbors? The Israeli Air Force could strike Damascus within minutes. And next door is Turkey with a large standing army.
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.
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By Charles Campbell | June 19, 2014
The Middle East and Africa are a complex matrix of religious cultural, racial, ethnic, clan and tribal dynamics that have developed over 1,000 years of conflict. Scott Anderson wrote in his new book, "Lawrence in Arabia," that the first inept U.S. government agent in the region, William Yates, established a tradition of misinterpreting the situation that his successors have rigorously maintained for 100 years. The rise of the group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the return of Sunni control to large sections of Syria and Iraq are not unexpected.
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By Matthew VanDyke | June 17, 2014
Less than three years after the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq, the black flag of an al-Qaida inspired terrorist group flies above several Iraqi cities. The Iraqi army, despite years of training by the United States, has disintegrated and abandoned bases and weaponry to these terrorists (and in some cases even supports them). Iran, enemy of the United States for more than three decades and a constant threat to international security, is increasingly supplanting American influence in Iraq with its own and exerts significant influence in Syria as well.
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