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The “Grand Old Peace” party is still just the same ol’ Grand Old Publicity party.
Does “GOP” now stand for the “Grand Old Peace” party? You’d think so if you listen to many Republican conservative talkers, pundits, and nervous politicians holding their fingers up to the wind, then holding up a certain finger to the White House.
Who do we believe, Russia and their 100 page report blaming the Rebels, or our government blaming Bashar al-Assad for gassing the Syrian people? The same government that after a year of investigation into the murders of Americans in Benghazi, can only produce to Congress a YouTube video as evidence.
The recent diatribe by Tom Patterson (Tribune, “Deferring Syria decision to Congress pure political masterstroke for the president”; Sept. 8) concerning recent events in Syria is typical of the arrogant, duplicitous, attitude exhibited by him and his ilk toward any plans by the president.
If you’re like me, you have some real doubts about increasing our involvement in Syria by responding to that country’s use of deadly gas attacks.
President Obama’s decision to defer to Congress the decision about whether to slap around Syria was a pure political masterstroke.
U.S. Sen. John McCain faced a tough crowd largely opposed to military action in Syria during a town hall meeting Thursday in Phoenix.
“I’m all for saving lives. How many lives will be lost in Syria if we do nothing, and how many lives will be lost if pre-existing conditions and insurance caps come back? We must be sure our cruise missiles are pointed in the right direction. A chemical weapon death is sure an swift, while a pre-existing condition death is slow and agonizing.”
Early in President’s Obama’s presidency some critiques of the president were claiming he was traveling around the world on what they called an “apology tour,” but nothing can be farther from the truth. Looking back, yes, President Obama seemed to be uneasy when meeting some world leaders, but no one can deny the fact that his presidency has taken on our foes with a precise and deadly intensity.
Editor's Note: These letters to the editor have been sorted by topic by the Tribune editorial staff in an effort to allow readers to read varied opinions on the issues, candidates, and other circumstances surrounding the 2012 general election. These submissions are the opinions of the author, not the Tribune, and have not been edited for grammar or content.
DAMASCUS, Syria - Syria threatened Wednesday to cut off security cooperation along the Iraqi border if there are more American raids on Syrian territory, and the U.S. Embassy announced it would close Thursday because of a mass rally called to protest a deadly weekend commando attack.
DAMASCUS, Syria - A car packed with explosives detonated on a crowded residential street Saturday, killing 17 people and wounding more than a dozen others, state-run television reported.
PARIS - Iran rejected a six-nation offer of incentives to stop enriching uranium on Saturday, prompting President Bush and French President Nicolas Sarkozy to jointly warn Tehran anew against proceeding toward a nuclear bomb.
DAMASCUS, Syria - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held talks with Syria's leader Wednesday despite White House objections, saying she pressed President Bashar Assad over his country's support for militant groups and passed him a peace message from Israel.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - New Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrived in Baghdad on Wednesday, armed with a mandate from President Bush to help forge a new Iraq war strategy. He made the unannounced trip to the battlefront just two days after taking over at the Pentagon.
AMMAN, Jordan - President Bush on Wednesday sought to strengthen Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's ability to quell rising violence in Iraq amid U.S. doubts about his capacity to control sectarian warfare.
TEHRAN, Iran - Iraqi President Jalal Talabani arrived in Tehran on Monday amid increasing calls for Washington to enlist Iran's help in calming the escalating violence in neighboring Iraq.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S. and Iraqi forces raided Baghdad's Sadr City on Tuesday and detained seven militia members, including one believed to have information about an American soldier kidnapped last month, the military said.
BEIRUT, Lebanon - The shaky cease-fire between Israel and Hezbollah was tested Wednesday as the Israeli army fired artillery into a disputed border region in response to what it said was an attack from inside Lebanon. An Israeli soldier was killed in a separate incident, the army said.
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Hezbollah guerrillas unleashed their deadliest barrage of rockets yet into northern Israel, killing 11 people, while Israeli bombardment killed 17 people in southern Lebanon as fighting only intensified despite a draft U.N. cease-fire resolution.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israeli troops rounded up dozens of ministers and lawmakers from the Palestinians' ruling Hamas party Thursday, including the deputy prime minister, while forging ahead with a military campaign in Gaza meant to win the release of an Israeli soldier held by Hamas gunmen.
CAIRO, Egypt - Vice President Dick Cheney met with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Tuesday for talks on the political process in Iraq and the West's standoffs with Syria and Iran.
BEIRUT, Lebanon - U.N. investigators pressed the Syrian government to let them question the president and foreign minister about the assassination of a former Lebanese leader, a spokeswoman for the inquiry said Monday.
The U.N. Security Council, usually noted for dissension and timidity, acted with rare unanimity and toughness in voting 15-0 to demand that Syria cooperate "fully and unconditionally" with a U.N. inquiry into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, an increasingly outspoken opponent of Syria's occupation of his country.
WASHINGTON - President Bush on Friday said the U.N. should deal quickly and seriously with a report implicating Syria in the assassination of Lebanon's former prime minister, a killing that led to protests and withdrawal of Syrian troops from Libya after nearly 30 years as overlord.