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Monday, September 21, 2015

New York Times Editorial, "Mr. Putin’s Mixed Messages on Syria ": Obama Is Not Equally Culpable?

In a risible editorial entitled "Mr. Putin’s Mixed Messages on Syria," The New York Times blames Vladimir Putin for the disastrous civil war in Syria. The Times would have us know:

"No one should be fooled about Russia’s culpability in Syria’s agony. Mr. Putin could have helped prevent the fighting that has killed more than 250,000 Syrians and displaced millions more, had he worked with other major powers in 2011 to keep Mr. Assad from waging war on his people following peaceful antigovernment protests. The brutality of Mr. Assad, a member of a Shiite sect, against the majority Sunni population has enabled the Islamic State, made up of Sunnis, to take control of large parts of Syria. Mr. Assad would probably be gone without the weapons, aid and other assistance from Russia and Iran."

Fascinating. And Obama, of course, has no culpability. But consider how -

The whole world is watching the follies of a naïve American president, who was instrumental in creating the Middle East power vacuum that gave rise to the Islamic State. A pity that Obama has yet to realize that impotence is not a basis for implementing foreign policy.

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