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UKRAINE CONUNDRUM: For the US, the ultimate irony
Mar 8th, 2014 by Warren Swil

Iraq invasion casts

a long, dark shadow

Secretary of State John Kerry is caught in a bind over Ukraine.

With the world on tenterhooks as the old cold war foes face down over Ukraine, the US is caught in a bind.
Almost the entire planet knows this country invaded Iraq almost 14 years ago on false pretenses.
This week we were treated to the international spectacle of no less than Secretary of State John Kerry accusing Russia of doing the same in Ukraine.
What is a poor superpower to do when it no longer has any moral authority?


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US foreign policy at crossroads: public has no appetite for conflict

OBAMA INHERITS DEBRIS LEFT BY BUSH WARS AND SCANDALS
President Obama has a huge foreign policy problem.
At home and abroad, he is facing stiff headwinds. But they are not of his own making.
After the disastrous Bush/Cheney foreign policy, it is no wonder Americans are tired of foreign misadventures and wary of any involvement in what seem to be intractable problems engulfing the Middle East.
The president will have to use all of the power and prestige of his office over the coming months to bring the American people on board with his program of constructive, diplomatic intervention.


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With Syria attack imminent, Obama must pick ‘least bad’ option

HUMAN SUFFERING MUST BE MINIMZED, BLOWBACK AVOIDED
As the U.S. drifts ever closer to a military strike against Syria, the complexity of the issue demands our close attention.
None of the options facing President Obama is good; alas, all he can do is choose the “least bad.”
May Allah be with us – and everyone – on this complex and imminent decision.
The best we can hope for is limited human suffering and at least a temporary end to the slaughter in Syria.

Due to the Labor Day weekend in the U.S. posting will be light over the next few days. We deserve a break from our labors! Don’t you?


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