The Free Press, Mankato, MN


August 27, 2013

Respond to Syria with resolve

Why it matters: The Middle East as a region will impact U.S. security, commerce


As we move forward we should acknowledge that this is more than a civil war, it’s a battle for control of the region and that any escalation may bring more escalation.

But at some point, our resolve has to go further on our entire Middle East policy. Appeasing dictators is fraught with risk. We have to make decisions on who will be with us and then support those partners unequivocally. At some point we have to realize that having olive branches shot out of our hands is not a way to peace.

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