Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Obama Prepared To Authorize Air Strikes Against ISIS in Syria

War used to much simpler.  Nations would go to war against other nations.  This article describes the more complex world in the Mid-East as President Obama attempts to build support for an act of war against a non-state across national borders.  He faces resistance from Turkey and Saudi Arabia which worry about how US action might affect their interests.  He also has to be concerned that an attack on Sunni militants is not interpreted as a war against moderate Sunnis.  Congress has not offered him much help either.  It would rather avoid voting on the issue before the election.  They will fund the effort but they don't want to take responsibility for it.  They prefer to let the president take all of the responsibility with one exception.  The traditional war hawks in the GOP have not been able to convince others in the GOP to take a stand on this issue with them.

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