Mr. President, our country's recent history makes it very difficult for you to obtain the world's approval that we should attack Syria based on any sort of moral authority. Yes, if Assad in fact is responsible for the gassing of his own people, he should be punished, but we cannot be the only ones threatening him. After the debacle in Iraq, and the countless times our country has watched other nations kill their own people in acts of genocide, many people around the world and even within our country no longer look at America as a symbol of morality. If we are to act against Syria, let us first build a global alliance with our allies and even with our so-called enemies that brings all parties to the table for the possibility of peace in that country and ultimately in that region of the world. This is a chance to show your extraordinary diplomatic skills, a fresh change from the bomb-first, ask questions later, approach of the past.
In traditional insurgent hotbeds such as Zormat, dominated by the fiercely independent Mansur tribe and flooded with insurgents from Pakistan, this means that Afghan government forces have to adopt flexible strategies in dealing with the enemy if they are to channel their resources.
The real world tends to expose flaws in the best theories. Syria has done just that. However we come out on this debate, Obama's decision to delay action until Congress acts matters. His deferral to Congress builds a wall against cowboy military adventures in the future.
The war in Afghanistan is winding down, yet the enemy is as determined as ever to inflict mass casualties on U.S. troops.
Whether we like it or not, we are now playing a game of diplomatic and military chess in the Middle East, and like any good player, we must think through several moves ahead if we want to have any hopes of winning. So far our government has not done that.
I assumed now that I was back in a controlled environment surrounded by my loved ones my problems would go away. Instead I was destroying property in my house, punching holes in the wall and scaring my children.
Imagine the unimaginable. Think for a moment of a world without pictures. Assume that cameras were no more, that humanity had lost the power to document reality with images.
So the world looks to America to lead. Is seeking the approval of the American people through their elected leaders a 'failure' of leadership? Is a propensity to think before acting a sign of weakness?
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Well, Syria, congratulations, you've made it onto the United States' naughty list. Now prepare to deal with the ramifications! And of course, by ramifications, I mean missiles and bombs.
In developing countries like Afghanistan, midwives bring great hope to the tens of thousands of women who have no access to doctors or clinics.
Why jump to any conclusions before/until the investigation is completed by the UN High Commissioner for Disarmament Affairs, Angela Kane? After more than two years of an absence of direct military response on the part of the West, what is the sudden hurry?
Now that the Arab Spring has been turned into a totally owned subsidiary of the Saudi royal family, it is time to honor Prince Bandar bin Sultan as the most effective Machiavellian politician of the modern era.
The United States is once again on the brink of war in the heart of the Middle East. While the necessity of some kind of military intervention -- if only symbolic in nature -- is now evident, the risks are enormous.
While Dr. King's progressive dreaming of a world where racial and economic equality is commonplace may have been radical then, his most radical thinking -- and what would still get him in trouble with federal authorities to this day -- is his messaging on nonviolence.
A cynic might say: What's the point of asking President Obama for clemency, when he's in charge of the system that put Manning in prison? President Obama is indeed in charge of the system that put Manning in prison. That's why he's the correct address for the appeal for clemency.